Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available right now. Many people are using veneers to improve the appearance of their smiles with great success. If you are thinking about getting veneers, you might have a number of questions about the procedure before you go ahead. The most common question we dentists get asked is; “Do porcelain veneers stain?” So, let’s take a look at that question in more detail below.
Do Porcelain Veneers Stain?
The short answer is, yes porcelain veneers can stain. However, if you write them off because of this, you would be making a mistake. You see, although porcelain veneers can stain, it is very unlikely that they will do so any time soon.
Porcelain is a very stain-resistant material, and if you decide to have veneers fitted, you will find that your smile stays as beautiful and brilliantly white as the day they were fitted, for many years to come, providing you practice good oral hygiene and take the best possible care of your teeth.
How Veneers Stain
Can veneers stain? Yes, but it is unlikely. How do they stain? The most common cause of stains is prolonged exposure to things like red wine and coffee which can cause surface stains that may discolor the veneers over time. This can largely be mitigated against by brushing and flossing regularly.
Something else that can cause veneers to stain is the natural aging process. As we get older, our gums may start to recede and when this happens, the spot where the dental veneers meet the tooth may become exposed, causing brown lines to become visible. However, practicing good oral hygiene, and seeing a dentist regularly can help to prevent gum recession to some extent.
What is the Average Length of Time Veneers Stay White?
When treated with care, dental veneers can stay white for as long as ten years. If you brush and floss regularly and watch what you eat and drink, there is no reason why your veneers should not look white and bright for maybe years to come.
How to Treat Stained Veneers
If your veneers are stained, then using a gentle polishing toothpaste can often be all that is needed to remove those unsightly marks. Many people think that using tooth whitening products is a good solution, but these are often too abrasive for the porcelain your veneers are made from, and can cause it to wear away, making the problem worse and potentially ruining your veneers completely, so steer clear of them.
If you cannot get rid of stains at home, then make an appointment with your dentist who will be able to best advise you on stain removal from veneers.
Can porcelain veneers stain? If you would like to know more about this issue or if you would like to have a dental examination ahead of having veneers fitted, then Southbridge Dentistry is here to help. Request an appointment online or call our dental team on (303) 798.4967 today.