Will porcelain veneers turn yellow?

So I have spent a lot of money on my new set of porcelain veneers. I just love the way my new smile looks. Cosmetic dentistry truly can change your life. My teeth were always very discolored and yellow. I literally hid my smile in photographs. So now that I can’t stop smiling, I was wondering if my porcelain veneers will turn yellow as time goes by if I continue to eat and drink like I normally do?

– Gina in Florida

Gina,

That is a great question and one that is popular among individuals that are considering expensive cosmetic dentistry treatment. You can rest assured that, no, porcelain veneers will not turn yellow over time. Porcelain is highly resistant to staining. Now the tooth behind the porcelain veneer may discolor over the years. Therefore, as years pass it may give the illusion that the porcelain veneers are turning a little bit darker.

If this is something that you have trouble with or are one whose teeth stain very easily, you may want to try to avoid red wine, berries, coffee, and avoid smoking. You may also be tempted to use tooth whitening toothpastes or whitening strips, but do not do this. These products contain abrasive ingredients that can reduce the effectiveness of the glaze that protects the veneers. If the glaze is worn down than the veneers are also at risk for staining.

For those that are reading this post and haven’t had their porcelain veneers placed, make sure that the cosmetic dentist uses a cement that will not discolor over time. Most expert cosmetic dentists would absolutely be aware of this, but it will not hurt to inquire. Another bonus about seeing an experienced cosmetic dentist is they will be well versed in the proper placement of the margins. If the margins are placed to be noticeable there is a potential for the edges or margins to pick up some staining.

It would be in your best interest to instill the habit of using water and rinsing your mouth after eating snacks or meals. This is because the longer the staining foods and liquids touch your teeth, the higher the chance of staining will occur.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.

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