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Can Cosmetic Dental Restorations Stain?

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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Alpharetta, GA 30005
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Foods to Avoid to Keep Your Smile White

Posted in Teeth Whitening

No one can deny that a clean white smile is a beautiful one!

Often times, the foods we love to have pass our teeth are the very cause of the stain we dread. What foods should you try to limit to prevent the accumulation of stain?

Dark Drinks

Beverages tend to be the main source of staining agents. This is because we might sip our favorite drink slowly more than one time a day. Popular smile-staining drinks include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Soda
  • Sports drinks

An interesting fact about drinks is that it’s not just dark-colored ones that stain. Acidic drinks will wear on enamel, which contributes to staining. Reach for plain old water as often as possible to keep your smile bright!

Staining Seasonings

What’s a meal without great flavor?

A couple of common flavorings used in many parts of the world are curry and balsamic vinegar. Curry is bright yellow and will yellow teeth with time. Balsamic vinegar is a fantastic salad dressing, but its natural dark hue makes it a prime culprit for staining.

Bold Berries

Those juicy cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries contain dark pigments that can easily build up in teeth. Jam, jelly, pie, juice, fresh, or frozen – these berries in nearly any form can leave their mark!

Fight the Stain!

It may be impossible to completely give up the foods you love. How can you counter the effects of dark and staining foods? Good oral hygiene is a must to control bacterial buildup and limit the effects of acid. Your dentist will have a variety of cosmetic options to help you hide or eliminate deep stain. Contact your local dental office for a smile evaluation!

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

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