Do You Have To Brush Veneers?

Porcelain veneers beautifully correct imperfect smiles through minimizing stains and reshaping enamel fronts. However, once adhered onto teeth for transformative aesthetic upgrades, the question emerges if these ultra-thin facings still require diligent daily brushing and flossing between their seamless union with underlying structures to prevent gum disease, decay or debonding issues long-term. This article provides clarity regarding critical at-home care for maximizing veneer longevity.

Understanding Veneers

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth, enhancing their appearance. Made from porcelain or resin composite materials, veneers can alter your teeth's color, shape, size, or length. But, just like your natural teeth, veneers require care to keep them looking their best. And yes, that means brushing them regularly.

The Importance of Brushing Veneers

You might think, since veneers aren't your natural teeth, they wouldn't need brushing. However, this is a common misconception. Brushing your veneers is crucial, not just for the veneers themselves, but for the overall health of your mouth. Plaque can still build up on veneers, leading to gum disease and bad breath. Furthermore, the teeth and gums around your veneers still need the benefits brushing provides.

What Happens If I Don't Brush My Veneers?

Failing to properly brush and floss porcelain veneers risks compromising both their longevity and your oral health. While the veneers are stain-resistant, plaque, tartar, and debris accumulation along their edges and between teeth with veneers can still occur over time without cleaning. This bacteria can inflame gums, cause cavities in untouched areas, decay bonding agents, and allow stains to slowly penetrate porous veneer seams. Inadequate oral hygiene also cultivates fungus and peri-implant disease – jeopardizing durable integration of these thin restorations with underlying structures. Ultimately, leaving veneers uncleaned daily after eating/drinking leads to rapid discoloration, decay, gum recession, and debonding necessitating replacement earlier than their 10-15 year lifespan. Caring for veneers is essential for warranting your smile investment.

Best Practices for Brushing Veneers

When it comes to brushing veneers, there are some best practices to keep in mind. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching the veneers. Brush at least twice a day and floss daily to keep your veneers and the surrounding teeth clean and healthy. Regular dental check-ups are also essential to maintain the longevity of your veneers.

The Lifespan of Veneers

With proper care, including regular brushing, veneers can last for many years. The average lifespan of veneers is about 10 to 15 years, but with meticulous care, they can last even longer. Remember, the better you care for your veneers, the longer they will maintain their bright, beautiful appearance.

Get Your Perfect Smile with Skutak Dental

Are you considering veneers? Or perhaps you already have them and want to ensure you're taking the best possible care of your investment? At Skutak Dental, we're here to help. Dr. Lisa M. Skutak and our experienced team can guide you on the best practices for veneer care and overall oral health. We proudly serve the Rothschild, Wausau, and Schofield areas. Don't wait to get the smile you've always wanted. Call us today at (715) 355-4433 to request an appointment. Your perfect smile is just a phone call away!

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