In this article you will find the answer to questions you have about composite veneers
. Do composite veneers stain?
. How long do composite veneers last?
What Are Composite Veneers?
If you’ve always wanted to improve your smile, dental veneers might be a good choice for you. Veneers are thin shells that fit over the front of your existing teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers are just one of several ways to alter the appearance of your teeth. Tooth bonding and enameloplasty are other options, as well as crowns.
There are 2 main kinds of veneers: porcelain and composite. As you’d expect from the name, porcelain veneers are custom made of porcelain to fit your teeth. Composite veneers are often made from a tooth-colored resin, the same type of material used with tooth bonding.
There are pros and cons for both types of veneers, so it’s important to consider the level of the issue you hope to solve with veneers, as well as your budget.
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Are Composite Veneers Reversible?
Veneers made from composite resin tend to be thinner than traditional porcelain veneers. For this reason, they do not require the same type of enamel modification for placement and can be adhered directly to the tooth. Although many cosmetic dentists recommend porcelain over composite for veneers, composite veneers provide a temporary cosmetic solution that can eventually be reversed.
Unlike composite veneers, porcelain veneers are thicker shells adhered to the front of visible teeth. Since they require a thin layer of enamel be removed for placement, they are also considered an irreversible treatment.
Do Composite Veneers Stain?
Veneers are usually made of either porcelain or composite resin. The Canadian Dental Association explains that porcelain veneers don't become stained or discolored, but the same isn't true for composite resin veneers.
Composite resin doesn't stain as easily as your natural tooth enamel, but it can still become discolored over time. Surface stains may develop after prolonged exposure to highly pigmented drinks like tea, coffee or red wine. Smokers may also develop yellow or brown surface stains on their composite resin veneers due to nicotine.
What Can Stain Veneers?
Even though porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining, there are some generally staining foods, beverages, and substances you can avoid or limit. As noted above, even porcelain veneers can have staining at the margin line, so consider limiting the following.
. Smoking: Do veneers stain from smoking? Absolutely. In fact, this is one of the most common types of staining for all kinds of teeth. Teeth bathed in nicotine many times a day a day have trouble staying white.
. Red wine: Red wine is notoriously hard to get out of clothes when it spills, and your lovely veneers are no different.
. Coffee: Your daily java, even with cream to lighten it, may over time cause your veneers to lose their bright hue.
. Soda: Not only is soda a staining agent, but it also contains acid that can etch into veneers over time. This makes staining even easier.
. Blueberries and grapes: Grape juice may be more prone to staining veneers, but even the fresh fruit can be problematic.
. Curry: Curry is delicious with its deep yellow turmeric base, but this can stain composite veneers and the dental adhesive at the margins.
Other foods that could potentially cause your veneers to lose their luster include soy sauce, tea, and other deeply colored juices (e.g., pomegranate or cherry).
It’s okay to enjoy the foods you love but take care to rinse well after consuming them or use a straw for staining beverages when possible.
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How Long Do Composite Veneers Last?
Composite veneers are considered more durable today than in the past. They can last 5 to 7 years, on average. After that, you’ll need a replacement set of veneers. That’s a substantially shorter life span than a set of porcelain veneers, which might last at least 10 or 15 years. You may be able to extend the life of your composite veneers by taking good care of them.
Embrace a routine of regular brushing with a nonabrasive toothpaste, and resist any urge to chew on ice and other hard objects with your front teeth. Some dentists also suggest that you watch out for drinks like coffee or tea that might stain your new veneers.