If you have an acidic diet, you can experience significant erosion of your teeth. One of the best treatments for this type of damage is porcelain veneers, which can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth, replacing damaged and worn enamel with highly attractive porcelain.
But if you continue eating an acidic diet, will your porcelain veneers also be damaged?
Veneers Are Resistant to Most Acids
The good news is that porcelain veneers are resistant to most acids found in food. They’re even resistant to hydrochloric acid, which is the primary ingredient in stomach acid, which means that if you have GERD or practice purging associated with bulimia, your veneers won’t be damaged. The only acid that veneers are really damaged by is hydrofluoric acid, one of the most potent and damaging acids in existence. (If you remember, this is the type of acid that was used to dissolve bodies in Breaking Bad, which also dissolved the upstairs bathtub.)
There is one food acid that can cause minor damage to your veneers. Phosphoric acid can dissolve veneers through prolonged exposure and is also found in many prepared beverages. The most common source of phosphoric acid you’ll be exposed to is soda, primarily cola. If you drink soda enough that it damaged your natural teeth, it could potentially damage your veneers as well. It’s best to minimize soda consumption after getting porcelain veneers, When you do drink soda, use a straw to minimize contact with your veneers.
Many other prepackaged beverages also have phosphoric acid, so make sure and check the labels.
Remember: Veneers Don’t Cover All Your Teeth
It’s also important to remember that veneers only cover part of your teeth. If you had a diet that was so acidic it caused erosion of your teeth, it can still attack the exposed part of the teeth to cause continuing damage that will undermine the veneers so that they will have to be replaced.
Even dental crowns won’t fully protect your teeth, because acid can lead to receding gums, which will expose your tooth roots, resulting in even more serious damage.
That’ why it’s best to wait until after you have made diet changes or have had bulimia or GERD treated before deciding on a restoration plan.
If your teeth have been damaged by acid erosion, we can help you plan your smile restoration. To learn more, please call (949) 551-5902 for an appointment with an Orange County cosmetic dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.