07 May Are Porcelain Veneers Stain Resistant?
Porcelain veneers are a common and versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment used to improve the look of a variety of surface damage to the teeth. The porcelain used to make veneers is much more stain resistant than natural enamel, but can still be stained if it is not cared for properly.
Qualities and Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are made of very thin porcelain that is cemented to the tooth surface. Porcelain is an ideal material for this type of treatment for several reasons. First, porcelain is very durable and can be color-matched to your natural teeth. Because the veneers are so thin, only a thin layer of enamel must be removed to make room for them. In some cases, no restructuring is necessary at all. The veneers are simply affixed directly to the teeth.
Some conditions commonly treated with veneers include:
- Severe discoloration
- Discoloration that cannot be treated with whitening
- Surface cracks or pitting
- Minor misalignment
- Asymmetrical or misshapen teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
Your dentist will make a mold of your teeth and use this to have your final veneers manufactured. They will be made specifically to match your tooth shape and color. When they are permanently affixed, the teeth that have been treated will be virtually indistinguishable from those that have not been treated.
Caring for Your Veneers
Maintaining the look of your veneers requires some special long-term care. Porcelain veneers are not as easy to stain as tooth enamel, but it is still important to avoid staining agents to be sure your smile remains bright and white over time. Coffee and nicotine are common culprits for discoloration, as well as tea and any dark-colored fruits, vegetables, or beverages. You should brush and floss regularly to remove food particles as well as staining agents from the tooth surfaces. This also helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Regular visits to your dentist are also very important for both your treated and untreated teeth. It is possible for decay to develop along the edges of the veneers or even behind them. Regular X-rays, professional cleanings, and check-ups can help ensure your veneers remain unstained and your teeth stay healthy.
To learn more about this cosmetic treatment option, contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro at 918-779-3399 and schedule your professional consultation today.