If you have dental veneers, you’ve likely heard about their durability. In fact, they’re made of porcelain that won’t decay like tooth enamel! However, you may still have concerns. For instance, will veneers darken from a daily drink of coffee? It’s important to know — after all, you wouldn’t want to get your newly-shiny teeth stained. Luckily, it’s easy to find the answer. To learn more, here’s a summary of how coffee affects veneers by Louisville dentists.
Can Veneers Get Stained?
To put it simply? Yes, veneers can get stained.
You see, porcelain is stain-resistant rather than stain-proof. While the material will last longer than natural teeth, dark beverages like coffee can dull it over time. As such, a veneer can get the same brown stains as any other tooth.
It’s also worth noting that temporary veneers stain more easily than permanent ones. Therefore, you should especially avoid coffee while you wait to receive your final ones.
Tips to Prevent Veneer Staining
While veneers can get stained, that doesn’t mean you should give up your favorite cup of java. There are ways to minimize the staining and discoloration of porcelain. Consider taking up the following practices:
- Avoid Foods and Drinks with Staining Agents – That means limiting your intake of things like coffee, red wine, tea, etc. Like always, remember to brush your teeth twice daily, floss once daily, and rinse as needed with a dentist-approved mouthwash.
- Don’t Smoke – Smoking cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products can stain the stuff that attaches veneers to teeth. Plus, it can damage your oral health and cause conditions like gum disease.
- Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene – Like always, remember to brush your teeth twice daily, floss once daily, and rinse as needed with a dentist-approved mouthwash.
- Wear a mouthguard – Perhaps surprisingly, teeth that experience trauma from injury can become discolored due to ruined dentin. This dentin can then turn yellow, causing your veneer to seem discolored.
Ultimately, keeping up with your coffee habit is okay, even when you have veneers. Just be careful about it and follow the tips above. That way, your shiny veneers can stick around for decades to come!
About the Practice
Remmers Dental Group is based in Louisville, KY. Currently led by Drs. Stephen Remmers, Emily Brown, and Michael Schmidt, their team gives patients healthy smiles as pleasantly as possible. The practice ensures quality and long-lasting results by taking time and customizing each treatment. Their services include preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, not to mention emergency services. For more information or to book an appointment, reach them at their website or by phone at (502)-499-0234.