Veneers are a great way to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile. But many people wonder if their teeth can rot underneath them. The answer is yes, if the veneers are not applied correctly or if proper care and hygiene practices are not followed. In this article, we'll explain why teeth can rot under veneers and how to prevent it. Veneers cover only the front of the teeth, not the back or sides.
While the front of the teeth is not as exposed to sugars, acids, bacteria and other substances that can damage the enamel, the rest of the tooth remains as exposed as usual. To ensure a smooth, natural-looking smile without unsightly bumps, your cosmetic dentist should prepare the tooth surface before applying a veneer. In most cases, approximately half a millimeter of the tooth surface will be shaved before the veneer appointment. This is a quick, ambulatory process that does not compromise the integrity of the tooth or increase the likelihood of developing tooth decay. But you should choose a reputable cosmetic dentist to apply them correctly and then take good care of your veneers on a daily basis.
Veneers cannot be placed on rotten or decayed teeth. Veneers are a strictly cosmetic restoration, intended to improve the appearance of healthy teeth. Cavities and other forms of tooth decay need to be treated first or the problem will only get worse. The ends of a veneer are vulnerable, so flossing is an extremely important part of daily care. When plaque builds up between the teeth, bacteria can feed on it and corrode exposed enamel along the edge of the veneer.
Because the veneer covers the tooth, you may not even notice the cavity until significant decay has occurred. Loose veneers are a breeding ground for bacteria. An experienced cosmetic dentist should have no problem achieving a tight bond when applying the veneer. However, if the veneer is poorly adhered, plaque will build up and compromise the tooth. If your veneer feels even a little loose, or if you feel that your tooth is exposed, see your dentist right away. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and preferably after every meal with a non-abrasive gel toothpaste without hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or other whitening ingredients; your dentist may recommend or prescribe toothpaste.
Not following recommended care and hygiene practices could compromise the enamel and structure of your teeth, and you could notice damage to your natural teeth over time or a reduction in the lifespan of dental veneers. In addition, for patients who have veneers placed due to damaged or weakened teeth, the veneer offers an additional layer of protection and helps preserve the tooth structure. Finally, follow up regularly with your teeth to assess the condition of your veneers and the teeth underneath them. Under normal circumstances, teeth should not rot under veneers. As long as they are properly applied and maintained, your natural teeth will be well protected. If you're considering getting porcelain veneers for aesthetic reasons, make sure you choose an experienced cosmetic dentist who can apply them correctly.