just spent a bunch on my porcelain veneers, but I still drink coffee and smoke. how can i keep them looking bright white?
How Do I Keep my Dental Veneers White?
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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.
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.
Dr. Norman Huefner
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!
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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.
White like a toilet bowl!
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…
Porcelain Veneers: Food and drink, even smoking won't alter the color.
Best of luck.
James Asaf, DDS
Keeping Veneers beautiful.
Patients with dry mouth have the most problem with surface staining.
I almost always provide my veneer patients with a night time mouth guard to prevent damage from clenching, grinding and anterior bracing. This is especially important if you wore down your natural teeth.
I have patients who use whitening strips to remove stain from the surface of the veneers. They will not lighten the veneers but will take off stubborn stain, especially in smokers.
I have had two patients report they use a dry washcloth to remove stain and that it works very well.
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