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The Cause Of Discolouration on Veneers

You’ve recently had dental veneers fitted and the confidence in your smile must be sky-high. Whilst dental veneers are durable and strong, they’re not exactly stain-resistant. Therefore, if you’ve recently had fitted veneers and are expecting veneers to stay white without proper oral hygiene, this is unfortunately untrue.

Just like your natural teeth, your veneers also need the same level of care, or even more due to how delicate they can become. One of the key hygiene tips to keep veneers white for the long-term is to take the necessary steps to keep discolouration down.

Discolouration consists of stubborn stains that form on teeth causing the shade to darken. This can also reach up to your veneers. A dark smile reduces confidence and keeps your teeth hidden.

If you’re having these issues, read on below!

Let’s find out the causes of discolouration on veneers.

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Food and Drink

It has been proven that dark food and drink are a popular cause for discolouration on natural teeth, so you can be sure that veneers will become stained as well. It is important to be conscious of what you’re eating in order to prolong the shelf life of your veneers. Avoid hard foods that may chip the veneers, reduce your alcohol consumption as this can ruin the bonding material, and avoid sugary treats to avoid any acidic build-up. Consuming sugar can erode the bonding material. Some of the examples of food and drink to avoid include sodas, coffee, wine, meat, citrus fruits, candies and chewy treats.

Gum Recession

Gums can naturally recede if not looked after. When this happens, your teeth become loose over time. For your veneers, the adhesive used to apply veneers to the tooth surface can become exposed and stained. Maintain good oral hygiene to keep gums healthy. An example of gum recession is through periodontitis which is the most severe form of gum disease. When this happens, it cannot be reversed. If your veneers are falling off, read here to learn what to do.

Veneer Material

Porcelain is considered the most durable form of material for veneers. Dental veneers were made of other materials such as composite. Although, composite looks less natural and is more vulnerable to staining. Composite veneers can be replaced with porcelain veneers. Porcelain is biocompatible, making it more resistant to staining. This does not mean you can neglect oral hygiene. Although, for a shiny smile with good oral hygiene, this is the ideal material choice. Replacing composite with porcelain is a quick and simple process.

Trauma

Trauma can stem from a physical accident such as a fall or contact during physical activity. The underlying dentin can become damaged and when this happens, the shade on your teeth becomes yellow through your natural teeth and the veneer.

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Summary

Dental veneers (particularly porcelain veneers) have become a popular choice of cosmetic treatment to deliver a white smile. This does not mean they’re resistant to staining. Therefore, ensure you look after your veneers with excellent oral hygiene. Staining in porcelain material can build up over time and they would likely need to be replaced.

Are you seeking dental veneer treatment to transform your smile? Contact us at Docklands Dentist today and we’d be delighted to give you the smile you deserve.

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