Although porcelain itself cannot decay, the natural part of your tooth behind a porcelain veneer can still be affected by cavities if you aren’t careful. The side edges of your veneers (that meet with other teeth) are most vulnerable to decay, which is why it’s so important to floss on a regular basis. As long as you practice good dental hygiene daily, you can help your veneered teeth stay healthy for many years to come.
There are a few steps you can take to prevent cavities from forming behind your dental veneers:
- Brush and floss on a daily basis – Flossing is especially important with veneers. Take extra care to keep the edges of your veneers free of plaque and bacteria.
- Avoid frequent consumption of alcohol – Alcohol tends to dissolve the bonding material that keeps your veneers adhered to their respective teeth. If you do drink alcohol, rinse your mouth out with water afterwards to protect your veneers. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol should also be avoided.
- Get regular check-ups – Be sure to attend your bi-annual dental cleaning appointments so Dr. Sands can check the health of your veneered teeth, and remove any hardened plaque that may have formed. Identifying decay before it becomes a problem can make all the difference.
If you have further questions about porcelain veneers, please contact Kevin B. Sands, DDS today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients throughout Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California.