While you can brush most stains off of teeth and use teeth whitening products to remove the more stubborn ones, some stains will not come off your teeth because they are internal, not external stains.
These stains may be from a tooth that’s been damaged in an accident, stained due to genetics, or from the medications you’ve been prescribed. In these cases, the best way to brighten your teeth is to use dental veneers on them.
Dental veneers help hide stains and other flaws by covering them. Veneers, which are thin pieces of porcelain or composite material, are glued to the front of your teeth. Since the color of the material is close to the shade of your natural teeth, no one will be able to tell they are artificial even if they are close to you.
While some people avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid a procedure will hurt, getting veneers attached to your teeth is virtually painless. While the surface of the tooth needs roughening so that the veneers adhere to the tooth, our dentists at Ortholine Family Dentistry usually use a mild acidic solution to create a rough surface.
Then, once you rinse the solution from your teeth, the dentist adds an adhesive to their surface, along with the veneers. Many types of dental cement need to set with the assistance of blue light that helps harden the adhesive. Once it becomes hard, the procedure is over.
Although you shouldn’t brush your teeth for approximately six hours after leaving the dentist’s office, you can eat and drink anything you like after leaving.
You should care for the veneers just like you would your natural teeth. Brush two times a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste or gel, floss daily, and eat healthy foods. Be careful what you eat or drink because veneers can stain.
If you take good care of your veneers, then porcelain ones can last up to 15 years, and no-prep veneers will last approximately five to seven years. If your stained teeth bother you, talk to one of our dentists from Ortholine Family Dentistry in Coral Gables, FL about getting dental veneers.