Cosmetic veneers can bring the most dramatic transformations to your smile. However, does getting a smile makeover with porcelain veneers mean you have to give up your coffee habit? While veneers are known for their strong durability and stain-resistant properties, it is still important to understand how to properly care for your veneers to keep them looking bright, white and beautiful!
Are Veneers Right For You?
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile treatments in cosmetic dentistry. They can be used to improve or conceal a wide variety of dental imperfections along the front teeth, including the following:
- Chipped tooth
- Broken tooth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Short teeth
- Small teeth
- Dull, stained or yellow teeth
- Thin teeth
While most patients qualify for dental veneers, it is important that a dentist clears your oral health first. If tooth decay, cavities, periodontal disease or other dental problems are identified, the teeth will need to restored first so that veneers can be safely and successfully fitted on the surfaces.
Will Veneers Ever Stain?
Compared to natural teeth, porcelain veneers are considered more stain-resistant. However, don’t confuse stain-resistant for stain-proof. Coffee, tea, red wine, and other dark foods or beverages can impact both natural teeth and porcelain veneers to a certain extent over time.
To prevent veneers from staining, patients should:
- Minimize consumption of coffee, tea and red wine
- Brush and floss twice daily
- Avoid smoking
- Visit the dentist for regular dental cleanings and exams
If you do notice that your veneers are becoming stained, however, our team can help. While traditional teeth whitening treatments are not effective for porcelain veneers, other solutions can include:
- Professional dental cleaning
- Specialized toothpastes
- Veneer polishing
- Reglazing veneers
- Replacing porcelain veneers
To learn more about keeping your porcelain veneers bright and maximizing your cosmetic dentistry investment, call Pure Smiles Dentistry.