Do You Have To Brush Veneers?

Having that Hollywood smile comes naturally to very few people - in most cases, you have to thank modern dentistry for picture-perfect teeth.

While there are many ways to enhance your look and take care of your teeth’s appearance, veneers are, by far, one of the most common types of cosmetic dental procedures used.

If you’re interested in getting veneers in West Bend, here’s everything you need to know about them, and whether they do really need to be brushed.

How Do Veneers Work?

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain (or, in some cases, composite) that is bonded to the front surface of your natural teeth. The dentist will have to shave a very small amount of tooth enamel to create a rough texture in order to help the veneers properly bond to your teeth. But, the amount is so small that your teeth will not feel any different after it.

The procedure is a great way to address a variety of cosmetic concerns such as:

  • Badly stained teeth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Irregularly sized teeth
  • Cracks or chips in the teeth, etc.

Why You Need to Brush Your Veneers

Unlike dental crowns, veneers don’t go over the entire tooth. Since they only cover the front surface, your natural teeth are still exposed to the bacteria and food debris in your mouth. Even if the porcelain or composite can’t get cavities, your natural teeth can.

Of course, it’s not just cavities. Improper oral hygiene also puts you at risk of plaque and tartar build-up. If you don’t brush your teeth or floss, the plaque and tartar can eventually lead to gum disease, a type of inflammation that affects the gum tissue and even causes them to pull back from the teeth.

Veneers might help strengthen your natural teeth to a point, but they do not offer protection against cavities, plaque, tartar, or gum disease.

How to Care for Your Veneers and Natural Teeth

The good news is that you don’t have to do anything special to care for your veneers - just regular brushing and flossing, every single day is enough to help you keep your smile long term!

Here are some other useful tips that can help:

  • Avoiding biting down on hard foods or objects
  • Don’t open cans or packages with your teeth
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies (nutrition greatly impacts oral health)
  • See the dentist regularly for routine appointments

Interested in Veneers? Stop by Oakbrook Dental

If you have cosmetic dental concerns and are wondering if veneers are the right solution for you, our two experts ​Dr. Patel and Dr. Major are here to help!

Book an appointment at Oakbrook Dental online and stop by our office to learn how to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Need more information? Then feel free to call our team at (262) 335-0822 for a chat!