Will Porcelain Veneers Stain Over Time?
At KFA Dental Excellence, we offer porcelain veneers to patients wanting to improve their smile and oral health. After an initial consultation with Dr. Angela Ferrari, she can determine which procedures will help you achieve your smile goals. Veneers can be used to improve the color, length, size, shape, and alignment of the teeth. We also can address some of the most asked questions we get about veneers in Farmingdale, NY including “Do porcelain veneers stains?” and “How long do veneers last?” This allows our patients to make the most informed decision for their oral health.
What are veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth for patients in Farmingdale, NY. At KFA Dental Excellence, we use this cosmetic dentistry procedure to improve how a smile looks and functions. It can fix broken, chipped, or cracked teeth, and gaps in the smile. They can instantly improve your oral health. During your first visit, we will perform a dental exam that evaluates the current state of your teeth and gums to determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers.
The best candidate for porcelain veneers is someone without any signs of periodontal disease or tooth decay. During your exam, if we detect a dental issue, it will be fixed before you get your porcelain veneers. Ultimately, how much tooth enamel you have determines whether you are the best candidate.
How to take care of veneers
Caring for porcelain veneers ensures they last for a long time. While porcelain veneers don’t usually stain, their edges can develop brown lines without proper oral hygiene. To protect your veneers, follow these tips:
Follow an at-home oral hygiene routine: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy. This reduces your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease.
Schedule annual dental exams and biannual dental cleanings: Scheduling these preventive appointments allows you to detect oral health issues early.
Use a night guard: For patients who either clench or grind their teeth, a custom nightguard helps protect your natural teeth and veneers best.
Don’t use your teeth as a tool: Don’t chew on ice, your nails, or a pen as this can lead to cracks or breaks in your veneers and even your natural teeth.
Limit consumption of stain-causing food and beverages: Veneers don’t usually stain, but when you consume a lot of stain-causing foods or beverages including coffee, tea, or wine, stains may occur.
Can I whiten porcelain veneers?
While whitening veneers is difficult and not advised, a dental cleaning helps remove and reduce stains that have developed. For severe cases, you may need to replace your veneers.
Protect your veneers and help them look their best
At KFA Dental Excellence, our dental team can address different oral health problems with porcelain veneers. Veneers can last 10-15 years with a regular oral hygiene routine and regular dental exams and cleanings. To learn if veneers are ideal for repairing your smile, call to schedule a consultation at our Farmingdale, NY office today.