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Are porcelain veneers stain-resistant?

veneers CypressPatients who want to use porcelain veneers to upgrade their smiles want to get long-term results. Therefore, they’re often concerned about whether the devices are stain-resistant, especially if they were placed in order to conceal stains.

The good news is that these veneers aren’t affected by staining substances in the same way that natural tooth enamel is. Unlike enamel, the porcelain is not porous so particles that could discolor the tooth cannot penetrate it.

Patients have significant input into the appearance of veneers, as well. The dentist custom-designs each tooth-shaped shell to blend in with the rest of the patient’s smile, and the patient can request a specific hue for the veneer.

While their stain-resistant quality is beneficial to patients, the fact that veneers cannot be easily penetrated also makes them resistant to typical teeth whitening techniques. The shade of the veneer cannot be altered after the dentist has bonded it to the tooth. Therefore, if you want to whiten your teeth, you should do so before the veneers are placed so that all of the teeth will match in color.

It’s also important that you are satisfied with the shade of a veneer before it is placed, as it cannot be changed afterward.

Patients get veneers in a two-step process. At the initial consultation, the patient is evaluated and the data needed to inform the design of the devices is collected. The patient will be examined and impressions may be taken at that first appointment. If necessary, the teeth will be prepped as well. That is, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from the tooth to accommodate the veneer. After the veneers have been created, the patient returns to the office to have them bonded to the teeth.

If you choose porcelain veneers to enhance your smile’s appearance, rest assured that they are unlikely to stain or become dingy over time. Contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today to learn more about this treatment and how it may benefit you.

Harmful Dental Habits to Avoid

dentist Cypress TXAre you harming your teeth with seemingly innocent habits? Maybe you like to chew on ice cubes or pen caps. Perhaps you feel that skipping a dental appointment is not a big deal. Our practice places a high priority on educating our patients because we believe that understanding oral health lays a firm foundation for practicing healthy habits.

In addition to routine preventive care, our dentist provides restorative and cosmetic services to help people in our area enjoy vibrant oral health and beautiful looking smiles. Following are some harmful habits to avoid that could potentially damage your teeth and gums.

Using Your Teeth to Open Bottles or Packaging

Many people use their teeth to open packages or bottles – especially when items are difficult to tear with one’s hands. Unfortunately, this habit could be disastrous for oral health. Biting down on hard items or using your teeth to open tough packaging could actually break and chip a tooth. Since tooth damage is permanent, we recommend that people use scissors and other tools like bottle openers to unwrap the packaging of various products.

Chewing on Items other than Food

When you chew on hard items like pen caps or ice cubes, you can wear tiny cracks in your tooth enamel, which in turn can lead to tooth decay and structural damage to a tooth. While teeth are durable and strong, they are only meant for chewing on edible items. If you have a habit of chewing on hard objects in times of stress or worry, speak with a member of our team for tips on altering your behavior to break this habit.

Skipping Routine Dental Appointments

We understand that life can be incredibly hectic and busy and while our schedules are often overwhelming, we strongly encourage our patients to commit to regular dental cleanings and checkups. Missing a cleaning or checkup could mean that gum disease or a cavity goes unnoticed and therefore prolongs a patient’s access to treatment. By receiving regular care, we can catch problems in their earliest stages and treat them conservatively.

To schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist, call our office today.