If you have visible aesthetic defects in your teeth, you can consider covering these defects with porcelain veneers.
Still, you may wonder if this treatment is worth the investment. Can veneers discolor and stain over time like natural teeth, or will they retain their original beauty as much as you hoped? In this article, you can find the answer to this question.
Porcelain Does Not Stain
Since natural tooth enamel is porous, it gets stained over time. It allows small particles, including pigments from food, beverages and tobacco, to seep into it and cause discoloration. Although porcelain looks like natural tooth enamel, it is not porous. In fact, porcelain is completely non-porous, just like glass. The pigments simply glide.
Therefore, after you and your dentist choose the color of your veneers and have been specially prepared according to your wishes, porcelain will never change color. This is one of the reasons why most cosmetic dentists recommend veneers rather than bonding to patients looking to restore their smile. Teeth bonding material can become stained with continued exposure to things like red wine and coffee.
So… Will Your Skins Always Look Brand New?
While the porcelain used to make your veneers will retain its original shine indefinitely, this does not mean that the results of your treatment will always look brand new. There are several factors that can cause your overlays to appear darker than they are:
Veneers are adhered to the teeth. In some cases, the substance used in the bonding process may become stained, causing the coatings to appear darker. If this is the case, your cosmetic dentist may need to remove the veneers and reattach them with new adhesive.
Micro scratches may occur on porcelain. These small scratches can trap particles and cause coatings to have a discolored appearance. The best way to avoid this is to use a non-abrasive toothpaste and always be gentle when brushing your teeth. Do not try to whiten your veneers with whitening toothpaste; These types of toothpastes tend to be more abrasive than regular ones and can cause more scratches on veneers.
Very old coatings (those installed decades ago) may not be made of the same high-quality materials used today. They can start to look dull with age. If this is the case, you should talk to your cosmetic dentist about replacing veneers.
Would you like to beautify your teeth with porcelain veneer? If you give them due care, you can expect them to retain their original beauty for many years to come.