More and more dental practices are offering cosmetic treatments to improve the overall appearance of people’s smiles. Unlike teeth whitening or dental bonding, porcelain veneers in Medford offer a solution to cracks, chips, discoloration, and even gaps that is long-lasting and durable. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t need to brush and floss them on a daily basis.
Despite their ability to seemingly transform your smile overnight, many people ask if they’re capable of staining like natural teeth. Keep reading to find out!
The Important Properties of Porcelain
Before we can answer if they stain, it’s important to note that porcelain is not chemically composed in the same way as natural tooth enamel. Even though they naturally reflect light very similarly to teeth and offer a pearly white appearance that actors and fashion models strive for, they aren’t nearly as porous as enamel. Enamel is incredibly porous, or filled with many microscopic holes and crevices, due to constant exposure to oral bacteria, plaque acids, and other acidic food and beverages people succumb it to.
In comparison, porcelain is incredibly smooth, making it naturally stain-resistant. It also doesn’t decay like natural teeth because oral bacteria can’t break it down like they can enamel. If this is true, then why are people so afraid of their veneers staining at all?
Do Porcelain Veneers Stain?
When porcelain veneers are first placed, they will not stain anything like natural tooth enamel. This will give many patients relief because it means they can drink many of their favorite beverages (red wine anyone?) without worry. This also goes for other richly pigmentated beverages like fruit juice or foods like dark berries. With that being said, veneers can stain eventually if they become damaged in some way.
Over several years of use, veneers will begin to wear down, mainly because they aren’t meant to last forever. If they do become damaged in some way, either from many years of exposure to foods, a dental injury, or by prolonged teeth grinding, they can become more susceptible to staining. Over time, they can develop micro scratches that, like tooth enamel, can collect stains.
How Do I Prevent Damaging Them?
To make your porcelain veneers last up to 20 years before needing replacement, consider the following tips to care for your investment:
- Address chronic teeth grinding right away. If you grind your teeth while asleep, purchase a custom nightguard.
- Always wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports or participating in activities that could potentially damage your smile.
- Never use your teeth as a tool, such as to open packages. This will cause them to easily chip.
- Always brush them twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. Plaque can easily stain veneers if left on them long enough.
Are you ready to transform your teeth and gain the confidence to smile again? Schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in Medford today!
About the Author
Dr. Trevor Peterson earned his dental degree from the University of Nevada. One of his favorite aspects of being a dentist is helping people smile with confidence, whether it be after a preventive cleaning or after placing brand-new veneers! To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.