At Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, we’re seeing a major increase in the number of patients who visit Drs. Pizzi and Messina with questions about porcelain veneers in Shrewsbury, MA. It seems like veneers are everywhere you look these days! As you consider improving your smile, remember that veneers can generate returns on your investment for 10 years or more. And while their stain-resistant properties make them popular, it’s important to understand that veneers must be properly cared for to make the most of their appearance.
How do porcelain veneers resist unsightly stains?
Each veneer comprises multiple thin layers of dental porcelain, a tightly sealed material that protects the veneer from exposure to substances – red wine, tea, coffee — known to cause stains in teeth. Have you ever noticed how water seems to slide of the feathers of a duck? Veneers are similar in this respect; the surface simply repels the liquid rather than retain it.
If you wish to treat deep-set yellow or brown stains caused by years of tobacco use, it is best that you do so only after you stop smoking for good. Tar can coat your teeth and the surface of your veneers, and its sticky nature will only attract more substances that detract from your smile. However, Dr. Pizzi points out that any stains that form on your veneers can be gently polished away when you visit our office for professional teeth cleaning and exams.
How can I prevent scratches on my new veneers?
Stains may not pose a serious threat to the longevity and appearance of your veneers, but the same cannot be said for scratches and abrasions. Toothpaste that contains abrasive ingredients can erode the veneer and deprive the porcelain of its natural translucence and polished appearance. If this happens, the veneer will not be as effective at resisting stains. Your dentist will be happy to recommend an appropriate toothpaste to use on your veneers.
Acidity erodes tooth enamel over time, and it can impact your veneers, too. Regardless of whether you have veneers, your Shrewsbury dentist recommends abstaining from cola, sports drinks, and energy drinks. Not only are these popular beverages extremely acidic; they also contain unhealthy amounts of sugar, which increases your risk of tooth decay. When sipping darkly colored drinks, use a straw to minimize contact with your veneers.
About Your Shrewsbury Dentist
To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact our Shrewsbury dentist office at (508) 842-8838. We welcome residents of Shrewsbury, Boylston, Hopkinton, North and South Grafton, and the surrounding communities.