Is There Any Connection Between Porcelain Veneers and Bad Breath?

If so, what regimen is useful for porcelain veneer hygiene?

Doctor Answers 9

Bad Breath With Porcelain Veneers

The odds are that porcelain veneers are not the cause of your bad breath.  When performed correctly, porcelain veneers should collect minimal bacteria.  Bad breath is the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth over a period of time that is not removed.  Make sure to brush several times a day preferably with an ultrasonic toothbrush and floss at least once a day to break up the bacteria between the teeth.  Now if there are open margins in your veneers or open contacts where food is accumulating, then this would cause bad breath.  If not, there is another issue causing this that needs to be determined by your dentist. 

Houston Dentist
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There shouldn't be a connection

Porcelain veneers shouldn't lead to bad breath.  Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth that is not cleaned away in a timely manner.  When done well, porcelain veneer are smooth and seamless.  There should be no little nooks or crannies for bacteria to live, therefore no bad breath.

Treat your veneers as you should treat your teeth.  Floss, and brush at the minimum.  Rinse well and you should be fine.

Martin Frankel, DDS
Toronto Dentist
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No bad breath from veneers

Veneers are generally not responsible for bad breath.  Mouth odor comes from the presence of gum disease, poor oral hygiene, digestive system issues and tooth decay.  Only when veneers are designed or placed poorly, having open margins where food and bacteria can collect does mouth odor emanate from the veneers.

It is important to practice good oral hygiene habits at home daily as well as periodic examinations and maintenance with the dental staff as indicated by the dentist and hygienist.  When mouth odor persists, a dental visit is a must.  These odors can also be indicators of serious medical problems like Diabetes and other systemic diseases.

Marc Zive, DMD
Springfield Dentist

Porcelain veneers should not cause bad breath

Porcelain veneers, if done well, should not be causing bad breath.  Bad breath is usually due to poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or tooth decay.  It may also be associated with your diet or a systemic problem related to the GI or diabetes.  See your dentist for an exam to look for any signs of bad breath.   Also, be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day and use mouthwash.  Best, Dr. Elizabeth Jahanian

Elizabeth Jahanian, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist

Bad Breathe and Dentistry

Bad Breathe can be caused by many factors.  1-It can be systemic, meaning, it can be caused by anything occuring in your body including diseases like diabetes.  2-It can be from gum disease-make sure you see your dentist for a periodontal gum evaluation.  3- It can be from bad dentistry.  The best way to access what is causing the bad breathe is to start with a thorough dental examination.  If the bad breathe is caused by the health of your gums or poor dentistry, then you can fix it.  If there is nothing obvious, go see your physician.

Wendy S. Spektor, DDS
Bellevue Dentist
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Veneers and bad breath

If your veneers are made well and you do not have any decay around them then they are not the cause of bad breath. My suggestion would be to schedule appointment with your restorative dentist so that he could evaluate your situation and help you with your problem. Remember, that not only teeth can cause bad breath, it can be caused by gum disease and by systemic disease as well. 

Zina Kaleinikova, DDS, MS
Cleveland Dentist
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Bad breath not usually related to veneers

Only if they were done poorly and are trapping food and bacteria or riddled with decay and/or periodontally. I have them in my own mouth and I just treat them like my other teeth.

Mitchell A. Josephs, DDS
Palm Beach Dentist
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Veneers and bad breath

Their might be connection if the veneers were done poorly.

1. open margins

2. contacts that are way too tight or too open

3. excess resin that was not cleaned

4. bacterial leakage under veneer (dark or discolored at the margin)

all of these things could cause excess bacteria to accumulate and cause odor

Poorly done veneers MAY cause bad breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is most often caused by a collection of bacteria in the mouth.  Well made veneers are countoured similar to teeth and are likely smoother (highly polished), so they should NOT collect bacteria any more than teeth normally would.  If contours are bulky or ledges are present or if they aren't polished well, then bacteria CAN collect, and it is possible that NO hygiene habits will help.

If porcelain veneers are the cause of the bad breath, then they should be replaced.  Odds are they are not and the cause will need to be determined.

Lance Timmerman, DMD, MAGD
Seattle Dentist
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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