Do you like to start your morning with a hot (or iced) coffee? According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), about 62% of Americans drink coffee every single day! For some, the day can’t start correctly without it. However, what if you have veneers? Can you still enjoy your morning brew, or will you need to opt for something else to get an extra boost of energy? Continue reading to learn more.
Does Coffee Stain Veneers?
Veneers that are made from porcelain are stain-resistant. Unlike natural tooth enamel, porcelain is nonporous, so the particles in dark-colored foods and beverages have a harder time slipping beneath the surface. Ultimately, you should be able to drink your morning brew without worrying too much about staining your veneers. Just keep in mind that veneers are not stain-proof, so excessive consumption of coffee and other dark-colored beverages, like tea and red wine, could still have a negative impact over time. It is always best to only drink these beverages in moderation.
Can Veneers Be Whitened?
Whitening procedures don’t affect veneers even when they are stained. Ultimately, you will need to have them replaced. However, the treatment will still affect the teeth around the veneers, so the tone of your smile can become uneven. If you are planning on having both veneers and whitening done, you should have your teeth whitened first so your veneers can be color matched to your teeth as they currently appear.
How Can You Prevent Veneers from Staining?
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your veneers from becoming discolored:
- Don’t Smoke: Smoking can stain the composite that attaches the veneer to your corresponding tooth, therefore causing the edges of your tooth to appear discolored. Smoking can also cause other damage to your smile, so it is best to avoid it.
- Excellent Oral Hygiene: By brushing twice and flossing every day, you can prevent stains and other oral health issues that will take away from the appearance of your smile.
- Use a Straw: When enjoying coffee or tea, consider drinking it with a straw. This way, you can avoid direct contact between your veneers and the dark-colored beverage.
- See Your Dentist: Every six months, visit the dental office for regular cleanings and checkups. This way, they can remove food debris from hard-to-reach places and ensure that your veneers are still looking great!
If you’re set on having a cup of coffee each morning, you don’t have much to worry about. By taking the steps listed above, you can keep your veneers pearly-white!
About the Practice
At University Dental Professionals, we have a team of six skilled dental professionals, including a periodontist and endodontist, serving the Chicago area. With their combined experience and expertise, patients can get pretty much anything they need conveniently under one roof. To learn more about veneers or to schedule an appointment with us, visit our website or call (773) 684-5702.