Do Veneers Make Your Breath Smell?

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Bad Breath, Hygiene and Veneers

Dental veneers have lately become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. They are typically very popular with men and women in London conscious about their looks and who want to improve the appearance of their teeth. At Whites Dental, our cosmetic dentists can help to create a beautiful natural looking smile for you. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures in London Waterloo and London Bridge, such as tooth whitening, porcelain and composite veneers, composite bonding and smile alignment.

Porcelain veneers can correct a multitude of dental issues ranging from chipped or broken teeth to severely stained or discoloured teeth. If your veneers are creating a new issue like bad breath then it’s time to see your dentist for treatment. Do veneers make your breath smell? It’s possible, but several more factors may be responsible. If porcelain veneers aren’t fitted properly, they can create small ledges around the veneer that allow for the accumulation of food particles and oral bacteria. This makes reservoir of oral bacteria that can then contribute to decay, gum disease, and, of course, foul smells. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can have a detrimental effect on your social life. It can drastically affect your self-confidence and cause you to be extremely insecure when speaking to others.

What is responsible for my bad breath?

Poor oral hygiene around veneers will make your breath smell just like natural teeth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to sour breath, Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least two times per day and floss on a regular basis. Trapped food in your teeth is a breeding ground for bacteria. The same bacteria can be responsible for foul smells. If possible, brushing and flossing immediately after a meal can remove food particles from your teeth and leave your breath smelling minty fresh. The quicker food debris is removed from your mouth the less likely it is to cause bad smells.

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Poor fit on veneers will cause bad breath

If your dental veneers are poorly fitted over your natural teeth then it is possible that food and bacteria are getting trapped in between your teeth and the veneers. The only way to determine if this is the issue is by having your dentist examine your teeth and gums. If the veneers are not fitted properly you may need a new pair in order to eliminate bad breath and other potential issues. If your veneers are not responsible for your bad breath, your gums could be the culprit. Gum disease around your veneers will make your breath smell. Regardless if you have veneers or not, your gums can get infected and inflamed from bacteria in the mouth. This can be caused by plaque build-up and poor brushing or flossing.  Signs of gum disease include gums that bleed easily and pain while brushing. It is best to contact a dentist as soon as possible. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth decay and eventual tooth loss.

Tooth decay

While your veneers make your teeth look great from the front, there may be a more serious issue lurking behind the scenes. Your dentist can assess your oral health and check for cavities. Decay is harder to spot under veneers.  Decay is also caused by oral bacteria and therefore has odours. Signs of a cavity include tooth sensitivity, dental pain, or discoloured teeth. A hole or pit in the tooth can also indicate that a cavity is present.

Treatments for tooth decay

Several treatments are available for teeth that have signs of decay. Fluoride treatments can help strengthen the teeth and protect the enamel.  A simple dental filling may be all that you need, or more extensive treatment like a root canal or crown may be necessary. If none of these treatments are an option you may need to have the tooth extracted.

Deep cleaning

A deep cleaning is performed when gum disease is present. During a routine cleaning the dental hygienist simply removes built up tartar that sits along in the gym line. A deep cleaning involves actually going one step further and removing tartar that has accumulated under the gum line. Removal of this tartar can help reduce swelling and allow the gums to heal.

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New veneers

Do your current veneers make your breath smell? If the veneers don’t have a proper fit then you may need to consider new ones that fit correctly.  The process to replace veneers may take time, but it is worth it in the end to receive veneers that fit securely and no longer trap bacteria. Once your dentist removes the old veneers the next step is to remove all left-over bonding material. Your dentist will then create a new impression of your teeth and send it off to have your new veneers made. You will receive temporary veneers while waiting on your new ones.

Improve your oral hygiene

If dental hygiene is the reason for your bad breath then this can be fixed relatively quickly. Patients should focus on brushing at least twice per day. Routine visits to your dentist are also very important. You may also be interested in our advice on what foods to eat with veneers, and also what not to eat!

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At Whites Dental, we have some the leading cosmetic dentists in London working with usproviding composite bonding, composite veneer and porcelain veneer procedures to patients near us in London Bridge, London Waterloo, Southwark, London City and Elephant and Castle. This web page offers information on whether veneers make your breath smell. We are based in London Waterloo, right across the road from Southwark Tube station and very close to London Waterloo rail station. We are a 10 to 12 minutes’ walk from Borough Market, Elephant and Castle tube station, London Bridge and a 4 to 7 minutes’ walk from Blackfriars station and Southbank.

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