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I Have Veneers — Can I Still Get Cavities?

October 29, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — willowrundental @ 2:25 pm
Portrait of man against green background, wondering about maintaining veneers

Veneers have many aesthetic benefits for teeth. In fact, they are one of the most powerful ways to disguise the appearance of chips, cracks, discoloration, and more. But you might wonder, “How will they affect my oral health? Can the teeth with veneers still get cavities?” This blog post discusses how your cosmetic treatment may affect your oral health and provides tips on maintaining your veneers and your teeth.

Cavities and Veneers

Veneers do not have inherently negative effects on oral health. However, the teeth that support them can still develop cavities. Here are a few ways that can happen:

  • If a veneer has been on a tooth for many years, bacteria and food particles may sneak beneath it. As they accumulate on the tooth, they may cause cavities.
  • A veneer that is solidly attached to a tooth can prevent the tooth’s front side from getting cavities. However, the back side of the tooth is still exposed, so it can collect plaque and develop decay.
  • Some teeth may have pre-existing problems, such as decay or weakened enamel. Some health conditions and medications, such as those that cause dry mouth, may increase the risk of decay in all teeth, including those that support veneers — and especially in those with pre-existing problems.

Preventing Cavities

The above information should be taken seriously, but it should not alarm you. As long as you take some simple precautions, it is unlikely that your teeth with veneers will develop any serious problems. Here are a few steps you should take:

  • Entrust your smile to the right dental practice. When you are first thinking about getting veneers, research various cosmetic dentists in your area. Choose one who has received positive reviews and has a reputation for providing high-quality service. Such a dentist will make sure your oral health is a top priority while they are working to provide you with your desired aesthetic results.
  • Stick to an excellent oral hygiene routine. You should thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to clean the backs of your teeth. Flossing is also important; you should do it at least once a day.
  • Attend regular checkups with your dentist. Once every six months or so, you should visit your dentist for an exam. They will check on the health of all of your teeth and make sure that your veneers are in good shape. If repairs are necessary, they may be able to take care of that before any problems become serious.

Veneers are a wonderful cosmetic dentistry treatment. However, they do not provide any guarantee that you will not get cavities. The above tips can help to keep your smile beautiful and healthy.

Meet the Practice

The dentists at Willow Run Dental Association are proud to provide a full range of services, including veneers, preventive care, and much more. Our patients’ oral health is always our top priority. To learn more about our team and how we may be able to help you enjoy an attractive and problem-free smile, contact us at 207-352-2825. 

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Willow Run Dental Association is a 42 North Dental Care, PLLC practice and is owned and operated by dentists Dr. Samuel Shames, DDM. and Dr. Ronald Weissman, DDM. Gentle Dental is supported by 42 North Dental, LLC, a dental support organization that provides non-clinical administrative and business support services to the practice. 42 North Dental, LLC does not own or operate the dental practice or employ dentists to provide dental services. Find more information about 42NorthDental, LLC and the dental practices it supports at