How stain resistant are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers have a number of appealing qualities for patients, one of which is their tendency to resist stains. Of course, patients don’t want to put effort into enhancing their smiles only to have the cosmetic devices take on a dingy appearance over time. This is particularly important for patients who have chosen veneers to conceal deep stains that haven’t responded to traditional teeth whitening treatments.
The porcelain is non-porous, so it generally will not be susceptible to stains, although your cosmetic dentist may encourage you to limit your consumption of dark beverages, like coffee, tea or wine, as a precaution.
The material used in dental veneers has optical qualities quite similar to those of biological tooth enamel, which makes porcelain veneers a good fit for blending in with the rest of the patient’s smile. The devices are specifically designed to match a patient’s other teeth, but the non-porous nature of the porcelain also makes the veneers resistant to teeth whitening treatments as well. Therefore, you should be sure that you are satisfied with the shade of your veneers before the cosmetic dentist bonds them to your teeth. After that point, they can no longer be altered.
Veneers are tremendously versatile tools for dentists who are helping patients to improve the appearance of their smiles. They can hide various defects like chips, cracks, stains and slight misalignments. Porcelain veneers are also very durable, lasting for up to 10 or more years with adequate maintenance.
Additionally, the porcelain is quite strong when bonded to the patient’s tooth. However, porcelain veneers aren’t indestructible. Neither are your natural teeth for that matter. Therefore, you should be conscientious about avoiding things that could harm your veneers, such as chewing on hard non-food items.
Porcelain veneers are quite stain-resistant, which is one of the many qualities that makes them a durable choice for upgrades to your smile. Contact our team at Erickson Dental and schedule a consultation to learn more about this treatment and how it might benefit you.