Can I Get Porcelain Veneers on Stained Teeth?
Having a dull or stained smile can add years to a person’s look – the same way that having a brighter, whiter smile can virtually turn back the clock. While professional teeth whitening is certainly a popular and effective option for reducing staining, some patients are interested in a more long-term solution for enhancing their smiles – and one that can address a wide array of concerns simultaneously. For these patients, porcelain veneers may be an ideal solution. At Advanced Smiles, top Frisco, TX dentist Dr. Ernest De Paoli has helped many men and women feel more confident about their smiles once again with a full suite of advanced cosmetic dental treatments and procedures, including the placement of porcelain veneers. Here, we’ll explore the benefits of using porcelain veneers on stained teeth and discuss what patients can expect with treatment, including how to keep veneers looking bright and beautiful over time.
How do veneers fix yellow teeth?
Rather than targeting stains or discoloration directly – the way that teeth whitening does – porcelain veneers are designed to physically conceal the stains altogether. The process of placing dental veneers begins with a thorough examination to ensure the patient’s oral and dental health is intact. Dr. Paoli is proud to offer minimal-prep veneers, which require only a small amount of the natural tooth material to be removed for preparation. Temporary veneers are placed at this time to protect the teeth and preserve the appearance of the smile. Then, impressions are taken, and custom porcelain “shells” – or veneers – are created to fit perfectly over the patient’s teeth. Patients are able to choose the color of their veneers to match their existing teeth or – more often – to brighten their smile by up to several shades. Finally, Dr. Paoli places the veneers over the teeth, securing them with a specialized bonding agent.
What else can veneers do?
Patients considering porcelain veneers for stained teeth often take advantage of the opportunity to address additional cosmetic dental concerns in a single treatment. Some of the most prevalent concerns that can be concealed or corrected with custom porcelain veneers include:
- Discolored teeth
- Stained teeth
- Yellowed teeth
- Dull smile
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Spaces or gaps between the teeth
- Mild cases of tooth misalignment
- Undesirable size or shape of the teeth
- Uneven teeth
Can porcelain veneers stain?
Yes. Although porcelain veneers are typically more stain-resistant than natural teeth, they can still become stained or discolored. Additionally, veneers can crack, break, or become otherwise compromised. To keep your veneers strong, healthy, and beautiful for as long as possible, use these helpful tips:
- Avoid staining foods/drinks (red wine, tea, coffee)
- Do not smoke
- Wear a nightguard as recommended
- Chew only sugar-free gum
- Avoid crunchy, sticky, or overly hard foods
- Do not use your teeth to open packages
- Do not bite your nails
- Visit your dentist for regular exams and cleanings
With proper oral care and healthy habits, many patients are able to enjoy a stunning smile for up to 10 –15 years or longer before their porcelain veneers may need revision or replacement.
Take years off the clock with porcelain veneers in Frisco, TX
Are you self-conscious about your smile, or do you feel like your dull, stained teeth make you look older than you actually are? Whatever your cosmetic concerns may be, the expert team at Advanced Smiles in Frisco, TX can help to restore your confidence and enhance your look with the most current cosmetic dental tools and technologies available today. Join the many men and women who have turned to porcelain veneers to transform their smiles and regain their self-esteem by calling Advanced Smiles to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ernest De Paoli today.