According to the National Coffee Association, an estimated 64% of American adults drink coffee every day. It’s hard to resist that brown cup of comfort. But no one wants coffee-colored teeth. Coffee can stain natural teeth over time, but you may be wondering if it has the same effect on your veneers. Your dentist in Newton has all you need to know about coffee and your pearly white coverings!
Can My Veneers Become Stained?
Compared to your natural teeth, veneers are very stain-resistant. Unlike natural tooth enamel, veneers are not nearly as porous, which means they don’t absorb the color from the things you eat and drink as easily. However, that doesn’t make them stain-proof. Those dark-colored particles can still gain a foothold in your veneers and discolor them over time, especially if they are not properly maintained. If you don’t practice great oral hygiene habits every day, then coffee can slip under the edges of your veneers and stain the bonding material that holds them in place, which would easily make them look discolored.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that temporary veneers stain easier than permanent veneers. This is because of the material from which they are made, which is more porous than dental porcelain. On that note, it’s best to avoid coffee for the length of time that you wear them.
How Can I Keep My Veneers Perfectly White?
With the right care, veneers can last for up to 20 years before needing to be replaced. That’s two decades of a brilliantly white smile! Being consistent with your oral hygiene routine is one of the best ways to keep your veneers in their best shape.
In addition, you can retain your radiant smile by:
- Reducing your consumption of pigmented substances like coffee, tea, wine, and soda.
- Drinking more water throughout the day.
- Drinking non-clear beverages (e.g., dark soda, iced coffee or tea) through a straw.
- Rinsing your mouth after you eat or drink.
As you can see, veneers and coffee are compatible, as long as you take the best possible care of them. With the proper habits and care, your smile will last for years to come!
What Should I Do If My Veneers Get Stained?
If your veneers become stained over time, there’s no need to worry! Even though professional whitening treatments are not an option for veneers, there are other possibilities to return your teeth to their initial bright white. These include:
- Reglazing veneers
- Replacing veneers
- Veneer polishing
A visit to your dentist will give you more information about these options. They would be glad to help you decide which one would be best for you!
About the Author
Newton Corner Dental Care serves Newton and the surrounding areas through the expertise of Dr. Gretchen Anjomi and Dr. Maria Vargas. With their experience, focus on comfort, and the latest dental technology, they can help you achieve and maintain the smile of your dreams. They are proud to offer a variety of state-of-the-art cosmetic services, including custom-made veneers. For more information, contact them through their website or call (617) 977-5235.