Porcelain veneers are extremely thin, customized enhancements bonded to natural teeth by a cosmetic dentist and the porcelain has a durable finish that protects from staining for a long-lasting brilliant appearance. The adhesive used to bond the veneers to teeth, however, is not stain resistant and can absorb stains. Occasionally, stains will develop along the edge of porcelain veneers, with cement or adhesive absorbing stains over time. These can be removed by a professional cleaning to refresh the overall appearance.
When caring for porcelain veneers, it is best to avoid abrasive toothpastes, including whitening toothpastes. The abrasive substances in the stronger, whitening toothpaste varieties are nice for scrubbing surface stains from natural teeth, but are typically too harsh for the protective finish on porcelain veneers. Damage to that protective finish will leave the veneers susceptible to staining and other damage or discoloration. Some stains can be removed with a professional dental cleaning but the damage will remain.
Other behaviors can cause damage to the veneers that can also leave them vulnerable to staining and discoloration. Nail biting, chewing ice, chewing on non-food items such as pencils, bobby pins, and toothpicks, or using teeth to open packages all put the porcelain veneers at risk of damage. Bruxism, also known as tooth grinding, can loosen the adhesive cement bonding veneers to natural teeth or damage the veneers from impact and friction. Discuss any potentially problematic tooth-related behaviors with the cosmetic dentist to ensure proper guidance for care and maintenance of the veneers.
The natural teeth can still absorb stains behind the veneers, making it essential to engage in sufficient oral hygiene habits to keep teeth clean and reduce staining as much as possible. To reduce stains from developing, brushing after food and drink, or rinsing when brushing is not feasible, can greatly improve efforts especially after consuming heavily pigmented food and drink or highly acidic substances.
Contact our cosmetic dentistry specialists today and ask about porcelain veneers for a beautiful and maintainable smile that lasts!