Your smile says a lot about you. It cannot be denied that yellow teeth are associated with poor dental hygiene. What’s worse is that poor dental hygiene may be synonymous with poor overall hygiene. Yellow teeth are distracting, and you don’t want people to be wondering about your hygiene when you’re talking to them.
If you have veneers, which are thin coverings placed over teeth, they can turn yellow. A common question people with veneers have is ‘what options do I have to restore my discolored veneers’ brightness?’ Let’s take a closer look below.
What Causes Discoloration?
First, let’s talk about what causes discoloration in veneers. Veneers are made of either composite resin or porcelain. As a more affordable option, composite veneers can still become discolored. Causes of discoloration include the usual culprits: smoking and drinking red wine, sodas, turmeric tea, and coffee. Dark sauces such as marinara, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce can also cause staining. The more you consume such foods, the more likely your teeth and veneers will get discolored.
Unfortunately, whitening is not recommended for composite resin veneers. If you try to whiten your teeth at home, the difference in shade between your natural teeth and veneers may be very obvious. Dentists usually recommend prevention and proper care. Proper care of composite veneers can make their bright appearance last. To care for composite resin veneers, you need to use a polishing toothpaste and brush after eating using a soft-bristled brush. You should also undergo professional cleanings to remove surface stains regularly.
While composite resin veneers cannot be whitened, they can be improved. They can also be replaced with a new set. The way you care for them makes a big difference in the longevity of the color of composite veneers. With proper care, your composite resin veneers can stay white and beautiful for decades.
Porcelain Veneers: Permanently White and Bright Teeth
If you choose porcelain veneers, you should never have to worry about discoloration. Porcelain veneers are highly durable and stain-resistant, making them an excellent choice for those who regularly drink tea, coffee, and red wine, or smoke. Porcelain veneers are not just resistant to staining but also chips and cracks. In the long run, porcelain veneers are a really good investment in oral care. Porcelain veneers have an excellent reputation for providing people with a designer smile.
Cosmetic Dentist in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
Dr. Steven R. Hagerman of Hagerman Dental Care regularly installs porcelain veneers in our dental clinic. Dr. Hagerman is highly skilled and experienced in the procedure, and he produces beautiful, perfect-looking smiles for our patients. If you dream of having perfect-looking teeth without yellowing, chips, crookedness, and gaps, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Dr. Hagerman is happy to discuss available cosmetic solutions with you. To make an appointment with Dr. Hagerrman, call our St. Paul clinic at (651) 646-2392 or use our online request form. Our friendly team looks forward to your call!