Will My Veneers Stain Over Time?

Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that fit over the front of the teeth that show when you smile. They can be placed on one or more teeth, and they restore that youthful smile, straighten teeth slightly rotated, and make uneven teeth seem the same length.

“Veneers are a great solution to many cosmetic dental problems,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office. “but they don’t prevent cavities and they do need care.”

One of the advantages of porcelain veneers is that they do not discolor as tooth enamel does. “It’s true a veneer can occasionally stain, and those stains can be removed by your dentist, who can polish it to its original look,” Dr. Ford says.

Veneers themselves are permanent, so taking care of both the veneer and the supporting tooth is important. Regular brushing and flossing are the most important ways to take care of your veneers as well as your teeth.

dental_restorationWhile certain foods and drinks can stain your natural teeth, they won’t be a concern to your veneers. However, your veneers are matched in color to your existing teeth that show as you smile, so you will want to get your natural smile in good condition before you have the color of your veneers matched.  If your natural, un-veneered teeth do discolor, your dentist can help you choose the method that brings the sparkle back.

What stains teeth? Smoking is a big culprit, staining the teeth as well as the bonding material used to attach veneers. Foods that stain include coffee, tea, tomato sauce, blackberries, blueberries, beets, and some juice drinks that use coloring agents.

You don’t have to give up berries, because they are healthy for you.  After you eat berries, brush your teeth. If you can’t brush, drink some water or rinse your mouth out with water.

A bright smile can be yours to keep with just a bit of awareness and a good brush!


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