Toluca Lake Dentist Office Answers Common Questions About Care for Dental Veneers

Written by Dr. McKay on Feb 12, 2013

As more and more patients are considering improving their smile with cosmetic dentistry, our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentists have been fielding many questions about dental veneers. These porcelain cosmetic restorations can transform a patient’s smile quickly and comfortably, but what happens once treatment is over? Here is some information about what happens with your veneers once you get home…

1. Do I take my veneers out to clean them—like I would with dentures?

No, veneers are permanently attached to your teeth, so you’ll care for them by brushing and flossing—just as you care for natural teeth! Unlike dentures, which the patient removes throughout the day, the only time your veneers will be taken out is when a dentist replaces them with fresh veneers.

2. Will I use a special cleaning solution for my dental veneers?

No, again the formulations that you use for your natural teeth should be sufficient to clean your restorations. If, however, you use a particularly abrasive cleanser, talk to your dentist about how it may affect your porcelain veneers.

3. Will my veneers develop cavities?

Veneers do not develop cavities like natural teeth do. However, the tooth root, to which your cosmetic restoration is attached, as well the gum tissue around your restoration can still become infected. This is why it’s so important to continue following a thorough dental hygiene routine.

4. What about discoloration?

Porcelain veneers are designed to be stain-resistant. If you feel like you’d like to lighten the appearance of your smile, you should know that porcelain is not lightened with dental whitening formulas. Talk to your dentist about your options for whitening your smile.

I hope this was useful for you, and that you now feel like you know more about dental veneers and how they work. Still have questions? Call our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentist office!