If you’re considering a smile makeover, you might be wondering if porcelain veneers are right for you. Many folks have concerns about maintaining a white smile after having a cosmetic dentistry treatment. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are a great option because they are very stain resistant. If you have questions about veneers, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our dentist.
What are porcelain veneers and how do they work?
A veneer is an ultra-thin enhancement that is shaped like a tooth. It is permanently cemented to the front surface of your tooth and can conceal flaws like chipped, stained, and misshapen teeth. Normally, multiple veneers are bonded over the most visible teeth to produce a smile makeover. With proper care, veneers can last for a decade or more.
How do I maintain a white smile after porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a permanent treatment option that enhances that appearance of your smile. While porcelain veneers are resistant to developing stains, your teeth are not.
Teeth are porous so anything that can stain carpet could stain your teeth. Repeated exposure to things like berries, wine, and coffee could darken your teeth. If the tooth structure under veneers darkens, it could make your overall smile appear duller.
Preventing the development of tooth stains can help maintain your newly-improved smile. The best method of preventing stains is to limit or avoid teeth-staining foods and beverages whenever possible. If you do eat or drink something dark, be sure to drink water afterward. You can also drink beverages with a straw to keep dark pigments off the surfaces of your teeth.
Practicing great oral hygiene can help protect the appearance of your veneers. Be sure to brush thoroughly twice a day and floss at night.
Sometimes, a dentist may apply professional whitening treatments to the backsides of your teeth to help prevent stains from dulling the appearance of your veneers. Porcelain veneers can also be polished to improve their luster.
To learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options, call DeSanti & Linden Dentistry today.