How Coffee and Tea Can Affect Your Porcelain Veneers
If you’ve just spent the time and expense of getting porcelain veneers placed on one or more of your teeth, you understandably want to keep the veneer(s) looking as white and beautiful as possible for as long as possible.
If you’re a tea or coffee drinker, you undoubtedly know that the tannin found in these drinks can turn your teeth yellow over time.
But what about your veneers? Can coffee/tea yellow them over time, too?
The good news? Veneers themselves are stain resistant!
However (there’s always a however), excessive cola, tea and coffee drinking can stain the bonding agent used to cement your veneers to your teeth. So it’s best to drink these beverages with a straw so that the liquid will pass over your teeth and go to the back of your mouth.
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, so it’s perfectly OK to drink your favorite coffee or tea, in moderation.
Because the veneers are stain resistant, does that mean you can abuse your veneers and just let them be, never flossing or brushing? Of course not!
Veneers just cover the front of your teeth; you still have enamel in the back, not to mention the pulp and dentin of your tooth. And your gums. And your tooth’s root.
So taking proper care of your teeth remains a daily task even when you have one or more veneers.
If the bonding agent used to glue your veneer to your teeth is still fairly new, it’s wise not to eat foods that are particularly chewy or sticky; there’s a slight chance the gooey food could end up pulling the veneer off your tooth.
Once the cement is completely dry, work to curb any teeth grinding or clenching habits you may have, as grinding your teeth can wear down the porcelain veneer. If you do grind/clench your teeth often, talk to your Plano dentist about getting a night guard to protect your teeth.
Smoking also can discolor the edges of your veneers. It also causes a host of other, more serious health problems. So if you haven’t quit this habit yet, aim to do so soon!
Are you thinking of exploring the option of placing porcelain veneers on one or more of your teeth? Then make an appointment with Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson by phone. We look forward to talking about how veneers can create a truly beautiful smile.
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