Over the years, Dr. Phelan has answered many patient questions about dental veneers. However, one of most frequently asked is, “Do dental veneers stain?” This is understandable. Veneers provide patients with a new, straight, and white smile. A person wants to know how to take care of it and ensure that the outcome is lasting.

Veneers are generally described as stain resistant, but they are not stain-proof. So, dental veneers do need regular care and maintenance. That said, dental veneers are far more stain resistant than natural tooth enamel. Nevertheless, they are susceptible to things like coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking. Consequently, it is important to visit your dentist regularly to remove surface stains.

If staining does occur, some people are tempted to use an over-the-counter teeth whitening product. However, dental veneers do not respond well to these products. It is much better to maintain the strict dental hygiene schedule provided by your dentist. Moreover, you should only use a toothpaste recommended by your dentist, since some kinds of toothpaste can potentially scratch the veneers. All that said, you can resolve most staining issues with a professional polishing.

Veneers are routinely used to correct issues such as discolored teeth, teeth that are worn, broken or chipped, and teeth that are irregular or uneven. Additionally, veneers can resolve an issue where there is a gap between your teeth. Most importantly, many patients prefer that veneers are a conservative approach to addressing dental issues. While dental veneers will need replacing within 7-15 years, they are often a good alternative to bonding and crowns.

Do you have questions? What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk about dental veneers, or a related topic, please contact us.