You might want dental veneers if your teeth have various smile flaws. These porcelain layers can cover things like tooth stains, cracks, chips, fractures, and more! That said, you might hesitate about treatment in light of your coffee habit. After all, can the prosthetics in question handle your morning cup of joe? Fortunately enough, your Vero Beach dentist has the answer to your question. Here’s a summary of how veneers stain, what to do when stains occur, and ways to avoid discoloration.
So, Veneers *Can* Stain?
The short answer to the question is yes. Namely, veneers can get stains — whether from coffee or other foods and drinks.
For the longer answer, keep in mind that veneers are made of porcelain. This material is highly durable and stain-resistant, but it isn’t *stain-proof*. If you expose your veneers to staining agents too often, they can turn from white to duller shades.
Furthermore, temporary veneers stain more easily than permanent ones. As such, avoiding coffee and other known staining agents is vital until the final products are ready.
How to Respond to Veneer Stains
Still, veneer stains aren’t the end of the world. In fact, dentists can remove them just as effectively as regular tooth discoloration. Some of their solutions might include professional cleaning, specialized toothpaste, veneer polishing, and similar services.
If all else fails, your dentist could also replace the stained veneers with new ones.
Tips to Avoid Discolored Veneers
Of course, it’s better to avoid veneer stains if you can. That said, you can do this by following tips like those below:
- Have Fewer Dark-Colored Foods & Drinks: Try to limit your intake of coffee, red wine, tea, berries, and so on. These products have dark coloring and other materials that stain teeth yellow or brown. If you do have these items, though, use a straw to minimize contact!
- Don’t Smoke: Tobacco products can stain the edges of your veneers, turning them a grimy brown color.
- Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: As you always should, remember to brush your teeth twice daily, floss once daily, and rinse with mouthwash as needed. These habits will remove food debris and other materials that could discolor your veneers.
- Wear a Mouthguard: Teeth that experience trauma or damage can discolor from ruined dentin. For that reason, it’d be a good idea to wear a mouthguard to prevent dental injuries.
Ultimately, you can get shiny veneers and have your regular coffee fix. Just follow the tips above, so the java doesn’t ruin your transformed smile.
About the Practice
Premier Dental is based in Vero Beach, FL. As led by Drs. Adam and Giuliana Diaz Jones, our practice specializes in comprehensive dentistry. To that end, we perform various preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, including emergency dental procedures. Our office is also a certified provider of Invisalign clear aligners that straighten teeth. For more information or to schedule an appointment, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (772)-234-5353.