What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells of durable, tooth-coloured material that are adhered to the front surfaces of teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth and make them look straighter and brighter. Veneers can also fill in gaps between teeth or change the shape or size of teeth. They can also be used for a variety of cosmetic issues.
Veneers help improve the appearance of your smile by hiding imperfections in your teeth. They can be a great option for those who want to have whiter teeth, particularly for dental patients with teeth that do not respond to whitening treatments.
Can Your Dental Veneers Be Stained?
While veneers are resistant to staining, it still depends on the type you have. Now let’s look at the two most common types of dental veneers:
Porcelain veneers are made of a glass-ceramic material that is non-porous. That means it doesn’t absorb the pigments of coffee, wine, and other common stain-causing foods and drinks the way natural teeth do.
However, the part of the veneer that meets your natural tooth may stain. This is rare and usually only happens after many years of use, especially if you frequently consume large amounts of pigmented foods.
Composite Resin Veneers
On the contrary, composite resin veneers can stain like natural teeth over time because they are made from resin, which is porous, unlike porcelain. It means they can absorb pigments from food and beverages just like your real teeth. Typically, they only last five to seven years before they need to be replaced.
However, there are rare instances when dental veneers appear to be stained. And there are other possible causes aside from dark-coloured foods and drinks.
Why Do Dental Veneers Look Discoloured?
How Do You Prevent Staining Your Dental Veneers?
One challenge for those who get dental veneers is keeping them from staining. Although they’re coated with a stain-resistant resin, they may still be susceptible to damage and discolouration. You may try the following ways to prevent such problems and enjoy a brighter smile for a long time:
Can Veneers Be Whitened?
When your dental veneers seem to have stains or discolours for whatever reasons, it can be tempting to try at-home teeth whitening products or even want to undergo professional teeth whitening treatments. Unfortunately, they do not respond to such methods. Unlike natural teeth, which can achieve lighter shades, veneers will stay their colour. Additionally, as we mentioned earlier, whitening your natural teeth after veneer placement may result in uneven shades.
Hence, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene and care for your veneers. While you can’t whiten them, there are still steps you can take to maintain and improve their look. It’s always a good idea to speak with your dentist. They may recommend professional cleanings or replacements to restore their brightness.
How Often Should Veneers Be Replaced?
Generally, the lifespan of dental veneers varies depending on a few factors. You will have to replace them within a reasonable period of time. On average, for porcelain veneers, this is between 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers may need replacement every 3 to 5 years.
Moreover, low-quality veneers installed by an inexperienced dental practitioner may need to be replaced sooner. Chips and cracks in the veneers can be a sign that it’s time to have them changed. With proper care, you can increase the longevity of your veneers. But, depending on the quality, they may not be as durable as you’d like. So, choosing a reputable dental practice with experienced dentists who use high-quality materials is essential.
Other indicators that you may need to replace your veneers are the following:
Benefits of Veneers
Disadvantages of Veneers
Dental Veneer Care Tips
Dental veneers are a long-lasting way to achieve a brighter smile. Some types can resist the stains and pigments of what you consume. However, they can become discoloured over time if not taken care of correctly. Practising good dental hygiene habits and limiting the intake of stain-causing foods and drinks is essential to keep your dental veneers looking their best for many years.
If you would like to book an appointment or want more information about dental veneers, please book online on our website or call Magical Smiles today. Our dental team would be happy to help you achieve a brighter smile!