Patients 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.