How Stain Resistant are Porcelain Veneers?

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Thanks to the versatile nature of porcelain veneers, almost any aspect of your smile can be enhanced. With help from your cosmetic dentist, the alignment, shape, color, or length of your teeth can be modified to achieve a more esthetic and natural result.

However, once your new smile is finalized, how well will it stand the test of time? When challenged by various foods, moisture, medications, beverages, or chemicals, you may wonder how well your veneers are able to resist staining and discoloration. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are exceptionally durable and highly resistant to staining.

To appreciate the stain-resistant quality of veneers, it helps to understand how your veneers will be prepared. In the dental lab, high-quality dental-grade porcelain and ceramics are milled and fired at extremely high temperatures. During this process, the surface of the porcelain will take on a less porous, glass-like quality that will be able to withstand the impact of various elements.

With the veneers permanently bonded to your teeth, you will be able to follow a normal oral hygiene routine. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups can keep your veneers in good shape, and you will be free to eat and drink the foods and beverages of your choice. Your veneers are designed to stand up to a normal diet, toothpastes, mouthwashes and medications.

It is important to note that porcelain is stain resistant, but not stain proof. To extend the life and the appearance of your new smile, you may be advised to limit your consumption of those foods and habits that could be expected to stain and discolor your natural teeth. This includes smoking, red wine, teas, and coffee.

Adhering to the same precautions that you would apply to your natural teeth, it’s best to rinse with water or brush (if possible) after you have enjoyed snacks and drinks.

Porcelain veneers are designed to give you a new reason to smile. They are also designed to be low-maintenance and enjoyable. With reasonable care, there is no reason to worry about stains and discoloration. Talk to our team at Plano Smile Studio to learn more about the attractive qualities of veneers. Call 972-398-2550 to schedule your professional consultation today.