Your smile looks great with its sparkling-white veneers, crowns, or dental bonding.
But can those white restorations ever discolor with time? If so, can you bleach them back to their original brilliance?
Stained Fillings, Crowns, and Veneers
Many white dental restorations are made from porcelain. Fortunately, this material by itself does not stain easily because it doesn’t have pores for pigment to settle into.
But the edges or margins of veneers and porcelain fillings can accumulate stain. Once that happens, your restorations will stand out and no longer blend in with the rest of your tooth.
Dental fillings made from white composite resin are also susceptible to the same discoloration with time.
Prevent Stain on Your Dental Work
Materials like porcelain that are usually non-porous can pick up surface stain when damaged. If you scratch up a porcelain restoration by using a hard toothbrush or gritty toothpaste, then it may discolor.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush gently around your teeth. Try to select a less-abrasive toothpaste, as well.
Limit the amount of staining foods and drinks you expose your teeth to. Choose plain water over soda, tea, and coffee as much as possible. Rinse well with water after meals, especially those containing berries, curry, or tomato sauce.
Once stain settles in on or around a white dental restoration, there isn’t much you can do to remove it. Bleaching your teeth may help bring the color of your natural teeth back to their former brightness but it won’t lighten any synthetic materials.
If you have a stained cosmetic dental restoration, ask your dentist about replacing it. Book a six month cleaning to polish away surface stains and to get tips on preventing additional discoloration.
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