Can You Get Cavities While Having Porcelain Veneers?

You read the title. Short answer: Yes. Yes you can. 

That would make an extremely short blog post, though, so let’s explore why you can get cavities when you have veneers, and why you might actually be more prone to getting cavities when you have them.

Let’s start by looking at what a veneer is. When you get a porcelain veneer, you’re essentially getting a replacement for the front of your tooth. The dentist will take off some enamel, then create a mould of the front of your tooth. Once that mould is completed, they’ll give you a temporary veneer. Once the porcelain veneer is created, they’ll call you back into their office, use a chemical to make your tooth’s surface a bit rougher (to help the veneer adhere), put a bonding chemical on your tooth, and then place the porcelain veneer. Veneers are almost exclusively used for cosmetic purposes – they are not a method of reducing cavities.

In fact, veneers need to be treated even more cautiously than regular teeth. You’re still going to have to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day – better yet if you floss after every meal. What’s more, you have to be particularly careful about what kinds of foods you eat when you have veneers. Porcelain looks a lot like teeth and it is pretty durable but it can be prone to cracking under pressure. People who grind their teeth should probably avoid getting veneers and people with veneers should avoid biting into anything hard. In truth, everyone should avoid biting into hard objects like ice cubes, for example – it’s bad for your teeth. (Biting ice cubes might actually be a sign of iron deficiency). People who are prone to getting cavities and those who have gum disease will also most often be advised not to get veneers.

Are people with veneers more likely to get cavities? That depends on what they know about veneers. The main reason someone might be more prone to getting cavities is because they might think veneers mean they won’t get cavities, causing them to neglect their oral health. As we just discussed, this is not at all the case – as long as you’re aware veneers don’t protect you from cavities and you maintain a good oral health regime, you should be just fine.

Another potential veneer-related cause of cavities occurs when the veneers aren’t properly adhering to teeth. When this happens, food particles can slip under the veneers and cause cavities that are extremely hard to see (because they’re covered by the veneer). That’s why it’s important to have your veneers placed by a professional dentist with a lot of experience in cosmetic dentistry. For veneers Winnipeg can trust, get in touch with us. We’ve done a lot of veneers over the years. We’ll make sure you’re well informed and that your veneers are perfectly fitted.