How To Prevent Stains on Dental Veneers
Posted on 08/10/2023

Dental veneers are made of two kinds of material. Either you request the porcelain or the composite resin type. Either way, you may experience staining if you aren't careful with how you care for your teeth.

Short Pump Dental, a cosmetic dentist in Henrico is an expert at applying veneers and helping customers care for them. Call them today to see how veneers can make a difference.

Stains and Porcelain Veneers

Stains on porcelain veneers are very much the same for natural teeth. Berries, acidic fruits, coffee, tea, cola drinks, and lemonade can all stain dental veneers as well as natural teeth. While it is difficult to avoid many of these foods and drinks, regular brushing can reduce the acids and staining to a minimum.

It is not possible to whiten veneers, particularly if they are composite resin. The chemical agents meant to whiten natural teeth can speed up the damage and staining of veneers. For that reason, many family dentists in Henrico and everywhere else will not apply dental whitening agents to veneered teeth.

Staining on Composite Resin

Composite resin veneers are far more likely to chip and stain than their porcelain counterparts. You may need to replace the resin veneers more frequently because of this. It is wise to avoid the same foods that can stain regular teeth and porcelain. Brush more frequently to maintain whiteness with resin and eat and drink even less when these are your veneers of choice.

Resin veneers on average, even with proper maintenance and frequent brushing, may need to be replaced every ten years or so. The upshot is that it is easier to remove resin veneers than to remove porcelain veneers. The only true way to prevent staining of any kind of dental veneer is to brush three times daily or after any food or drink that may stain.

However, in lieu of avoiding a lot of different food and drinks, you can drink through straws and have good oral hygiene. For longer-lasting whiteness, invest in porcelain veneers. If you have an excellent oral hygiene routine, or you already don't eat and drink most things that could stain, then the resin veneers are fine.

To learn more, schedule an appointment with Short Pump Dental today. The dentists that work here can help you make the right choice for veneer type based on care and maintenance.