What happens to the teeth under veneers? A guide to keeping your teeth and veneers healthy

When looking online for a way to whiten your teeth without gels, fill minor gaps and hide cracks and chips, you will have probably come across the idea of porcelain or composite coverings.

Like traditional bonding, these coverings are used to cover the front of your teeth and as such, they can make your teeth whiter in an instant while also concealing stains. Perfect if you have sensitive teeth that cannot handle regular whitening methods which involve bleach!

However, once they are fitted, they will require some care to ensure that they have a long lifespan. After all, with proper dental hygiene, they can last over 15 years.

And at Kooringal Dental, our team wants to help you keep your veneers in Wagga in the best shape for as long as possible. We pride ourselves on the high standard of our cosmetic procedures, but it is important to remember that you have to take care of your teeth after the treatment is completed! Working together, we can help you to keep your smile looking whiter and healthier for longer. Perfect!

But what are some of the factors that can impact on your dental veneers in Wagga?

Teeth prior to fitting

Many of our patients are curious about what happens to the front of the tooth which is directly underneath the covering?

If your teeth were in good condition prior to the fitting of your veneers in Wagga, it will remain as it was. If your dental hygiene was somewhat lacking at the time of fitting, it is at a higher risk of decay. Which of course will have a negative impact on the longevity of the cosmetic work.

Dental hygiene

Similarly, our team knows that if you fail to attend dental check-ups once you have had coverings put on the front of your teeth, it is unlikely that they will last.

Remember, our team will be able to spot if the coverings are chipped, cracked or if there are any other issues that can impact them. And so, it is important to stay in regular communication with our dental team to keep your teeth looking great!


If you grind your teeth at night, this can shorten your porcelain coverings; the additional pressure on the teeth can cause them to crack, which will lead to them prematurely falling off.

Luckily, our team will be able to spot signs of grinding on your molars and will be able to offer you a dental guard to reduce the pressure and friction.


You can eat whatever you want while wearing coverings, just try to cut back on truly hard foods like nuts, toffee or crackling!

These can cause your coverings to chip, which may once again cause them to fall off.

Using your teeth

If you use your teeth for holding tools or opening things like jars, you will need to stop this altogether.

While it is tempting to use your mouth to hold keys, it can chip the porcelain coverings.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.


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