Do You Have To Brush Veneers?

If you’re about to get veneers in South Los Angeles, you’re probably wondering how they’ll affect your daily oral hygiene.

Specifically, are you even supposed to brush veneers? Or can you relax and skip a few brushing sessions?

Well, the short answer is yes—veneers need daily brushing. Keep reading to learn why. 

3 Reasons You Need to Brush Veneers 

Veneers need daily brushing just like your natural teeth for three big reasons: 

  1. Keep your veneers in top condition 

Quality veneers are made from porcelain, which is a stain-resistant material, but you can also get more affordable ones made of resin, which are easier to stain, especially if you don’t diligently brush your teeth every single day.

But even porcelain veneers can lose their shine without daily brushing. Plaque and tartar buildup can make them look dull and even slightly yellow.

  1. Prevent cavities 

Veneers can’t get cavities, but since they only cover the front of a tooth, they don't offer protection against them either.

Cavities form when the harmful bacteria in your mouth start feeding on the food particles that linger after your meals. When they feed, they release acids that break down tooth enamel, creating a permanent hole in the tooth that can grow bigger. 

If you get cavities with veneers on, you may need to get them replaced, as veneers are often removed so the dentist can effectively treat the cavity.

  1. Avoid gum disease

Remember that plaque and tartar buildup that can make your veneers dull and yellow? Well, over time, tartar build-up may lead to gum inflammation and even gum disease, a severe infection of the gums that can cause:

  • Gum bleeding
  • Gum retraction
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Loose teeth
  • Even tooth loss

Daily brushing and flossing are the best things you can do to protect both your veneers and your natural teeth. 

How to Maintain Veneers 

If you want to go the extra mile, these additional tips can help you protect your veneers and make them last 10–15 years, maybe even longer:

  • Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth.
  • Avoid hard foods.
  • Don’t chew on hard objects.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables to promote saliva production.
  • Get fluoride treatments.
  • See the dentist every six months for check-ups and professional dental cleanings. 

Getting Veneers at Overhill Dental 

Are you interested in getting veneers in Los Angeles? Come meet with South Los Angeles dentist Dr. Alexaundrea Smith for a short consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate for them. 

But if you have generally healthy teeth and just want to improve their appearance, veneers are most likely a fantastic solution for you!

Request a visit to Overhill Dental and come in to discover your options.

If you have more questions, feel free to call us at (323) 296-6180 for a chat.

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