Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry service that produces a smile free of imperfections and flaws. Since veneers are handcrafted from high-quality porcelain, they resemble the natural appearance of teeth very closely. If you currently have veneers, you can probably attest to the fact that these cosmetic enhancements feel and look like natural teeth. Veneers conceal a wide range of smile imperfections while also producing a uniformly white smile because porcelain comes in a variety of white shades. In addition to veneers, our dentists provides Zoom teeth whitening—a prescription-strength whitening system that can brighten a smile up to eight shades.
These cosmetic enhancements are very resistant to staining, unlike teeth. In addition to porcelain being a stain-resistant material, veneers feature a protective glaze that helps them maintain their luster and brightness. Unlike teeth, though, veneers cannot be whitened. Over time, if your veneers seem dull or less white than they used to be, they may require a new application of the protective glaze to improve their appearance.
Veneers can also appear darker when the surfaces of teeth are stained. Although porcelain veneers resist stains, your teeth might darken with exposure to certain foods and beverages such as wine or berries. Since veneers are wafer thin, tooth discoloration can show through. To alleviate this problem, our dentist may suggest professional treatments such as Zoom teeth whitening before placing veneers. In the future, your dentist may whiten the backsides of teeth as well.
The best method to preserve the color and luster of your veneers is to avoid toothpastes that contain harsh abrasives, which damage the protective glaze. Feel free to ask one of our team members for a recommendation on the best toothpaste for patients with cosmetic dental work—especially veneers. If you consume dark beverages like coffee or wine regularly, consider drinking these drinks with a straw. After your teeth are exposed to dark foods, we suggest brushing your teeth and drinking water throughout the day to dilute and rinse away dark food particles.
To learn more about protecting your smile or to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact our office today.