So, you decided to make a big change in your life: you got veneers placed on your teeth! Undoubtedly, you noticed that you felt better smiling, people greeted you differently, and maybe you even gained confidence in your social life. Improving your smile can have all sorts of intended and unintended consequences, and most people never look back after they decide to seek a straighter, whiter smile. Over time, however, you may have noticed that your veneers don’t shine quite as brightly as they did the day you first left the dentist’s office. Just like natural teeth, composite resin veneers can stain and yellow over time. If you’ve noticed a tint to your teeth and are wondering what can be done, read on to learn a bit more about stain prevention and maintenance of your veneers!
Choosing the Right Materials
There are two different substances you can choose from to have your new veneers made. Porcelain veneers are generally much more expensive but tend to last longer than their counterpart. On the other hand, composite resin veneers are more affordable and can be easily repaired if chipped or damaged, unlike porcelain. If staining is a concern for you, porcelain veneers will be your best bet because they are made of a hard, non-porous surface that is virtually impossible to stain. While composite resin will not stain as easily as your natural teeth do, it is susceptible to some staining over time. Avoiding foods that stain teeth—such as coffee, red wine, and soda—is one way to help prolong the look of your new teeth. Smoking will also discolor composite resin in the same way it will with natural teeth, so anyone hoping to maintain a white smile should avoid cigarettes and nicotine.
After Your Veneers Have Been Stained
If you’ve noticed that your composite resin veneers aren’t quite as bright white as you’d like them to be, you may be tempted to whiten them in the same way you would your natural teeth. Composite resin and tooth enamel are highly different substances, however, and your veneers may not respond the same to at-home whitening as your natural teeth would have! Before you undergo any whitening regimen, talk to your dentist about your options. While you will likely be unable to whiten your composite resin veneers to their original brightness, but your dentist will be able to remove surface stains through routine, in-office cleanings. Having your dentist clean and polish your veneers every six months will help to prolong their whiteness. Still, your dentist may recommend completely replacing your veneers if severe discoloration has occurred.
Veneers are a great option for changing your smile and your life, but they do require maintenance just like your natural teeth would!
If you have questions about tooth whitening procedures or how to best look after your veneers, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Blue Island Smiles today!