Can You Chew Gum With Veneers?

Veneers are one of the most popular types of procedures in cosmetic dentistry. They are commonly used to address a wide variety of concerns, from badly stained teeth to gaps or misshapen or even misaligned teeth.

If you are interested in getting veneers, you’re probably wondering what changes this procedure will bring to your life.

For instance, can you still chew gum if you have veneers in West Bend?

Find out the answer below.

First, How Do Veneers Work?

Veneers are a thin layer of prosthetics designed to cover the front surface of the natural tooth. They are bonded to the tooth by shaving a small amount of tooth enamel during the prepping stage.

Because of this, veneers are a lifelong commitment. Tooth enamel doesn’t grow back, and it’s not recommended to go back to your natural smile later on. Many patients aren’t comfortable with this level of commitment and may choose a less invasive procedure to improve their smile’s look, such as dental bonding.

But, if you do decide to go through with it, how will veneers impact you?

Veneers and Chewing Gum: Can You Do It?

Yes, you can probably chew gum even if you’re wearing veneers, for a few different reasons.

Reason one has to do with veneer placement. In most cases, they are bonded to the front teeth to change their appearance, and not the molars, which are the teeth most likely used for chewing gum.

Technically, veneers can be added to molars, but it’s usually not recommended because of the higher pressure molars get during eating.

Also, chewing gum isn’t as sticky as most people think. It’s very unlikely for it to dislodge a veneer or any other type of dental prosthetics, such as dental crowns.

Chewing gum does contain sugar, however, which is generally not great for your oral health. Opt for sugar-free gum to ensure you don’t increase your risk for cavities.

How to Properly Care for Veneers

Taking care of veneers isn’t that different from a normal oral hygiene routine:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily
  • Use products with fluoride
  • Get a mouthguard if you grind your teeth while sleeping
  • Reduce sugars
  • Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Stop smoking
  • Get routine professional dental cleanings

With these tips, you can protect both your natural teeth and your veneers for a long time. With proper maintenance, veneers can last anywhere between 10-15 years.

Interested in Veneers?

Veneers are an excellent way to improve your smile’s appearance, but they’re not the only ones. Dr. Patel and Dr. Pako Major can help you find out if you’re a good candidate for veneers, or recommend another way to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Book a consultation at Oakbrook Dental online and stop by to learn if veneers are right for you.

For more information, call us at (262) 335-0822 today.