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Can Porcelain Veneers Stain?

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Many people get cosmetic porcelain veneers as a way to correct the appearance of their teeth. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin and go over the top of your front teeth, creating a bright, white smile. One of the most common reasons people get porcelain veneers is to correct the appearance of stained or discoloured teeth. Cosmetic porcelain veneers are an effective and permanent way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile and your overall self-confidence.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are not porous in the way that teeth are and therefore won’t stain nearly as easily. They are also usually coated with a stain resistant resin that will, again, keep them brighter and whiter longer than normal teeth. Over time, however, even porcelain veneers can stain or become discoloured. This can happen if the resin wears away with age, leaving the veneers vulnerable to staining.

It’s important to take great care of your porcelain veneers to avoid staining or discolouration. Firstly, avoid hard or sticky foods as this will make the stain-resistant resin last longer. You should treat your veneers like your real teeth, which means avoiding foods, drinks, and habits that you know cause staining.

The top three things to avoid in order to have a white smile include coffee, tea, and smoking. Smoking is, overall, terrible for your health and should be avoided. Tea and coffee, along with red wine, are unfortunately quite damaging to your teeth. You may want to drink these kinds of drinks through a straw in order to prevent the liquid from coming into direct contact with your teeth.

If you do indulge in tea, coffee, or red wine, try to rinse your mouth with water afterward. You may be tempted to use a whitening toothbrush or similar products to try and get your teeth whiter. This is not a good idea with veneers as these products are extremely abrasive and can cause the resin to wear away even more.

Other food and drink guidelines to follow include avoiding acidic foods and drinks like citrus, hot sauce, and sugary products. Hard and/or crunchy foods should also be avoided as they can cause wear and tear.

By following these guidelines, you’ll not only keep your veneers whiter and cleaner for longer, but you’ll keep your other teeth healthy as well! While it’s impractical to suggest avoiding all of the aforementioned food and drink, trying to cut back can make a big difference. If you do eat or drink something you know is potentially damaging to your cosmetic porcelain veneers, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward.

Veneers are often a big investment, so make sure you take the best possible care of them to keep your smile white, bright, and beautiful!


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Dr. Tali Waksman
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Tali Waksman went on to work as the only dentist on a Native reserve, serving 2000 people after completing a residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. With a warm and friendly personality and close attention to detail, she treats every patient like family.