Once you get veneers, you might feel happy about your gleaming, symmetrical smile. Nonetheless, as time passes, you might find that your veneers become discolored. Normally, these tooth repairs are made of composite resin or porcelain. Composite resin is prone to staining (although not to the same extent as natural teeth), whereas this is not so much the case with porcelain.
Can Veneers Become Discolored?
Surface discoloration might appear on composite resin after regular contact with pigmented beverages, such as coffee, red wine or tea. Smokers might notice brown or yellow discoloration on their veneers, because of nicotine. Also, you may have small brown lines at the point that your tooth meets the veneer. This occurs because your gum line pulls back slightly as you age (this is known as gum recession). The area where your tooth meets the veneer is exposed as a result. There is a glue line here, which can get discolored and produce unsightly lines on veneered teeth.
When composite resin veneers begin to appear yellow, it can be tempting to use a home tooth whitening kit. Unfortunately, composite resin does not react well to whitening, so you should speak to a dentist prior to whitening your teeth. Tooth whitening products cannot penetrate veneers or alter their color, however, they might brighten your adjacent natural teeth. This could give you a smile with an uneven tone. Moreover, whiteners that encase or submerge teeth (as strips or trays do) can affect natural teeth from the rear. Lots of veneers are semi-transparent, so this could give your front teeth an uneven color too.
Can You Whiten Veneers?
Although composite resin cannot be whitened, you can still improve the way they look by taking proper care of them. Surface discoloration can be removed with professional cleaning, so book a dentist appointment twice a year. Your dentist might advise you to replace your veneers if they are extremely discolored. Usually, those that are made of composite resin need replacing after about six years. If you have ones that are over two decades old, they might be made from a highly porous material, which is more prone to staining over time than modern materials.
To stop stains, it is vital to look after your veneers in the same way that you look after your natural teeth. Avoid colored drinks and foods that might produce staining. Examples include foods such as pasta sauce, curry, balsamic vinegar, and berries, along with beverages such as tea and coffee.
If giving up tea or coffee is not an option for you, try brushing and flossing your teeth afterward. This will eliminate bacteria from your tongue, teeth, gums, and cheeks. If you are away from home and do not have your toothbrush with you, rinse your teeth with water after drinking caffeine to prevent staining.
Veneers give you a whiter smile, however, to ensure that they look their best you have to maintain them. Do not consume anything that could cause discoloration, clean your teeth frequently, and remember to book a professional cleaning session with your dentist.
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