Life’s been pretty good ever since you’ve gotten your porcelain veneers. No longer do you feel self-conscious about showing your teeth on dates or during important job interviews; it’s much easier to smile with confidence! But you’re still worried; if your regular teeth can become discolored, will your porcelain veneers stain as well? Here’s what you need to know about keeping your brighter, whiter grin for as long as possible.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain that is bonded to the tooth to make corrections to shape, color, and/or size. This can be a good alternative treatment for whitening; it can also be effective for teeth that are chipped, cracked or otherwise misshapen.
Can Porcelain Veneers Stain?
When it comes to giving teeth a whiter appearance, porcelain veneers have an advantage in that they’re very stain resistant. Unlike your natural teeth, veneers are not porous, and they’re usually coated with a resin that protects from stain particles. This allows them to retain their color for a long time.
However, eventually the resin will wear away, leaving the veneers more vulnerable to discoloration; if you want to keep your new look for as long as possible, you’ll need to limit exposure to damage and staining elements.
How Can I Take Care of My Porcelain Veneers?
Protecting your veneers is much like protecting natural teeth; regular brushing, flossing, and overall good oral hygiene will improve their longevity. To lessen the risk of stains, consider these tips:
- Try not to have too many staining drinks such as tea, coffee, and red wine; they won’t affect veneers as easily as regular teeth, but the risk becomes greater with more exposure.
- If you do have a drink that can cause staining, use a straw so that the liquid doesn’t touch your teeth. Try to rinse your mouth with water afterwards if you can.
- Avoid abrasive toothbrushes and toothpaste that can wear away the resin; similarly, try not to have too many acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruits and soda.
- Keep your regular dental appointments to keep your mouth clean.
Porcelain veneers can be an excellent option to improve the appearance of your teeth, but even they can become stained or damaged over time. Speak with your dentist about care instructions and give your veneers the same attention you give the rest of your teeth; after all, a great smile and a healthy mouth go hand in hand.
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki has received specialist training in prosthodontics (the branch of dentistry dealing with artificial teeth replacements) and offer various cosmetic and restorative treatments such as porcelain veneers and dental implants. He also provides dental care for the entire family. To ask about veneers, visit his practice’s website or call (904) 272-1588.