You can’t stop. You are loving your new smile, and it shows because of how much your cheeks hurt from continually smiling. If you just received porcelain veneers to cover any imperfections on your teeth, you want to do everything possible to keep them looking their very best, right? Do they stain? Do I need special materials to keep them clean? Will they ever fall off or become damaged? Find out how you can extend the life of your veneers by following the guidelines mentioned in this article.
Can My Veneers Become Stained?
You’re in luck! With porcelain veneers, you don’t have to worry about them staining quite as easily as your normal teeth. Since they are not as porous, and because they’re coated with stain resistant resin, it will be less likely that you’ll see a change in the color of your veneers. The resin coating keeps them brighter and whiter; however, this doesn’t mean staining and discoloration cannot happen over time.
If the resin on your veneers begins to fade or wear away, it can lead to potential staining if you’re not careful. This is why your cosmetic dentist will discuss what you can do to keep your veneers lasting longer.
What Can I Do to Extend the Life of My Veneers?
You finally have the smile you’ve always wanted, but how do you maintain it? These beautiful, artificial coverings are giving you back the confidence you lost when your teeth were discolored and damaged. You don’t want to lose that, so what can you do?
When talking to your cosmetic dentist, it’s important that the two of you discuss how to take care of your veneers so they’ll last for years. A few of the ways you can take better care of them is by:
- Avoiding hard or sticky foods. If you incorporate these food types into your normal diet, you can expect the resin to wear away quickly and cause your veneers to become vulnerable to stains. Just like your normal teeth, simply avoid any food and/or drink that could potentially stain your teeth (berries, tomato sauce, red wine, coffee, soda).
- Quit smoking. No matter if you were a smoker prior to your veneers, giving up this nasty habit may be hard, but it will most certainly be worth it. Not only will you notice an improvement in your overall health, but you will notice your veneers lasting longer.
- Drinking plenty of water. If you decide that you must have a cup of coffee to make it through your morning meeting, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterward. Water will help flush out any particles that can stick to your teeth and cause decay or discoloration.
About the Practice
Horsham Dental Elements has been providing the Philadelphia area with quality dental services for more than 20 years! Offering general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, our team of experts can handle full-mouth reconstructions, dental implants, and root canals. If you’re looking to improve your smile, contact us at (215) 672-6666 or visit our website.