How Do I Keep my Dental Veneers White?

just spent a bunch on my porcelain veneers, but I still drink coffee and smoke.  how can i keep them looking bright white?

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Maintaining veneers

As with anything, routine maintenance is key with porcelain veneers.

A well done set of veneers will have a nice polished glossy sheen, and if the dental office is not experienced with porcelain, the sheen can be dulled during cleaning appointments (remember the gritty toothpaste?). A special non-abrasive polish can be used to keep them shiny.

One shouldn't worry about chewing differently with veneers, as most people use their back teeth to chew. However, "your teeth are not a tool" and therefore one should avoid opening bottles or bags of chips with them.

Teeth can stain, so if the veneers were not done carefully, things like tobacco products, coffee or red wine could stain the edges, revealing where they were bonded in place.

Well done and well maintained veneers should last a very long time.

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Keeping Veneers White and Beautiful

I think  most porcelain veneers are pretty much stain resistant, but i would stay away from coffee, red wines, tea, and if you consume a lot of these beverages, do it through a straw....this bypasses the teeth .  i would stay  away from whitening tooth paste because they are abrasive and can dull the veneer. I would also have them cleaned and polished in your dental office to maintain their beautiful luster!  Enjoy them and your smile!

Robert Fields, DDS
Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist
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Keep brushing and flossing like your natural teeth

Good quality dental veneers are resistant to tooth discoloration. A non-whitening and non-abrasive tooth paste recommended. Just keep them clean, do not bite on hard food to avoid any crack helps you.

Bruce Vafa, DDS
Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist

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One wonderful characteristic about porcelain veneers is their resistance to staining. However, they are not completely impervious to stain. We often see staining with patients who frequent coffee, red wines, or food with high chromatic value.

Daily maintenance should include brushing with a soft bristle tooth brush and non-abrasive toothpaste (i.e. Non-whitening) and flossing. Additionally, ampoule whitening can be used after ingesting food with color to prevent stain accumulation.

If the staining progresses and cannot be handled with daily maintenance, in-office whitening can be used to help eliminate some stain. The whitening works by oxidizing stain.

In some case recession occurs and may appear as stain in this case the veneers can be replaced.

Lastly, if the staining is more than whitening can handle the veneers can be replaced in the same manner they were placed the first time.

Your dentist can help you decide what is best for you…

Ryan Sellinger, DMD
Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist

How To Care for Dental Veneers to Keep Them White

Before answering this question, are you referring to plastic composite dental veneers or porcelain veneers

Although modern plastic composite materials that are used today for dental veneers are a huge improvement over materials we would use years ago, they still can discolor and pick up stain with time.  A gentle polishing at your cosmetic dentist's office can usually remove any surface stain, but any internal discoloration or color shift of the veneer with plastic composite veneers would be difficult to whiten without redoing the composite veneer completely.  This is why so many dentists and patients today greatly prefer porcelain veneers, which are much smoother on the surface and rarely undergo any color change whatsoever or pick up much surface stain.  You can continue to drink coffee and smoke, and your porcelain veneers should not change color, and any minute amount of surface stain can usually be removed with gentle brushing, or using a little low abrasive toothpaste on a Q-tip, or returning to your dentist for a gentle polishing.

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Norman Huefner, DDS
Laguna Niguel Cosmetic Dentist

Keeping Veneers White

If you are not going to stop smoking or drinking coffee then here are some suggestions. 

Smoke out the side of your mouth so the smoke doesn't go over your front teeth. Drink coffee with a straw so that it passes directly to the back of your mouth.

Rinse your mouth out with water or mouthwash and brush and floss your teeth immediately after smoking or drinking coffee

Maintain regular dental checkups and have your teeth cleaned every 3-6 months.

Good Quality Veneers are virtually stain resistant

A good quality veneer case should be stain resistant for the most part. I would be recommned maintaining a good oral hygiene program which should include brushing and rinsing after drinking beverages that you believe could stain. Just because the veneers may or may not stain your other teeth will.


Enjoiy your beautiful new smile!

Marielaina Perrone, DDS
Henderson Cosmetic Dentist
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Will Veneers Discolor Over Time?

Porcelain veneers are for the most part resistant to stain from coffee, tea, red wine, etc.   They keep their beautiful appearance for years and years as long as you stay away from very abrasive toothpastes that contain baking soda or peroxide.  In addition, make sure that your dental hygienist is aware that you have veneers.  He or she will use a less abrasive polishing paste when cleaning your teeth to help ensure that your veneers keep their luster.

Scott Young, DDS
Houston Cosmetic Dentist
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Brush, floss, cut down on things that stain them.

Same rules apply for veneers as with natural teeth, except for avoiding abrasive toothpastes such as those that whiten teeth or contain peroxide and/or baking soda.  These toothpastes can dull your veneers over time.  Good old brushing and flossing regularly will also help keep stains down.  Take it easy on sodas, coffee, and wine and when you do consume these, rinse your mouth with water.  If your veneers do get stained or dull, your dentist can polish them back to their original beauty!

Michael Firouzian, DDS
Columbus Cosmetic Dentist
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Keeping veneers white

Porcelain veneers are non-porous so they resist staining, you should see your dentist regularly to keep everything healthy my patients see the hygienist every 3 to 4 months to maintain & they use a non abrasive paste to polish veneers, you should also use a non-abrasive toothpaste, having a good oral routine at home also helps flossing & brushing at least twice a day.  Healthy gums will help the longevity of the veneers.

Lawrence Gilbert, DDS
Woodbury Cosmetic Dentist
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