Can Veneers Get Cavities?

If you want to get a picture-perfect smile, then you’re likely thinking about getting veneers in Bismarck.

They are one of the most popular types of dental cosmetic procedures and can achieve anything from subtle improvements to full-blown smile makeovers.

But before you can say yes to veneers, it’s important to understand how they will affect you. Will veneers be hard to maintain? Will they protect your teeth from oral health issues like cavities? 

Check out this blog post from 701 Dental to find out!

How Do Veneers Work? 

Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain designed to cover your teeth and change the appearance of your smile. Think of them as masks for your teeth.

They can address:

  • Severe staining and discoloration
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Small misalignment issues
  • Minor chips and cracks
  • Irregularly sized teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Worn down teeth, etc.

To get veneers, a dentist will shave a small amount of enamel from the surface of your natural teeth to create a rough texture. Then, the veneers are bonded to your teeth, and your cosmetic issues are effectively resolved! 

Do Veneers Protect You from Cavities?


Veneers will not protect your natural teeth from cavities, gum disease, or other oral health issues. They are a mostly cosmetic treatment, though they can improve your oral health by strengthening worn-down teeth or covering a crack or chip.

But since veneers only go on the front of your teeth, the rest are still exposed to food particles and bacteria. As a result, you may still develop cavities if you aren’t diligent with your oral hygiene. 

If you develop oral health issues, you may need to remove your veneers to get the proper treatment. A dentist could attempt to fix your cavities without doing so, but it depends on where the cavity is located.

How to Care for Veneers

The following tips can help you prevent cavities and gum disease and maintain your improved smile for decades:

  • Brush at least twice a day, preferably after every meal.
  • Floss daily
  • Get fluoride treatments.
  • Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night.
  • Don't smoke, vape, or use tobacco products.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open packages or chew on hard objects.
  • Be mindful when eating hard foods like nuts, crackers, etc. 

Apart from these tips, you should also see a dentist in Bismarck routinely for check-ups and professional dental cleanings. These visits, usually done every six months, may help you keep your veneers for 10 to 15 years, maybe even longer! 

Find Out If Veneers Are Right for You

Veneers are an effective cosmetic procedure, but are they right for your smile? You can find out with just a short consultation with Dr. Carlson.

To get started, request a visit to 701 Dental online or call us at (701) 255-0586 to find out more about our cosmetic dental services.

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