One of the many benefits of porcelain veneersis the material used is less porous than natural teeth, meaning that stains have less to adhere to on the surface of these prosthetics. Additionally, veneers cover light discolorations on the front of your teeth with thin porcelain shells. However, maintaining your veneers with thorough oral…
One of the many benefits of porcelain veneersis the material used is less porous than natural teeth, meaning that stains have less to adhere to on the surface of these prosthetics. Additionally, veneers cover light discolorations on the front of your teeth with thin porcelain shells. However, maintaining your veneers with thorough oral hygiene is the only way to continue to benefit from these smile whitening attributes.
Oral Hygiene Keeps Veneers White
Since veneers are attached using dental bonding, the material around the edges of your teeth is most susceptible to staining. Overtime, the sides of your teeth may appear slightly darker than the rest of your smile. You can avoid veneer staining by flossing regularly to remove the food particles which attract decay and bacteria. Flossing every day is not only helpful for keeping your cosmetic dentistry restorations bright, but also for preventing plaque buildup along your gumline, which could lead to gum disease.
Secrets to Avoiding Stains
Drinking from a straw is another great way to prevent staining along your front teeth where dental veneers are typically adhered. You can also remove some surface stains and keep your smile healthy with routine dental cleanings and checkups. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends dental cleanings every six months to prevent issues such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, and to detect oral cancer as early as possible.
Can Veneers Be Whitened?
Porcelain veneers and other cosmetic restorations are obviously not made of the same material as your teeth. Therefore, veneers, dental bonding, and porcelain crowns will not benefit from teeth whitening treatments the same way your natural teeth will. If you want a drastically whiter smile, consider professional teeth whitening with Dr. Erpenbach before veneer placement. During fabrication, your new porcelain veneers can be dyed to match the color of your newly whitened smile. With a little effort, this brightness is maintainable for years to come.
Visit your Knoxville Cosmetic Dentist
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, Dr. Jim Erpenbach has solutions for making your smile whiter, straighter, and more appealing. For more information contact our Knoxville dentist office at 865-329-7815.