There are two types of staining that exist: Intrinsic and Extrinsic.
This occurs mostly when the veneer absorbs the food or drinking colouring and changes colour permanently.
However, this usually only happens with composite veneers that are made of a high strength plastic. Initially, they do not stain and look good. But over time they may change in different ways including tooth wear and a difference in colour over time. Composite veneers tend to pick up colouring from various foods and drink like curries and red wine.
Composite veneers made in the laboratory (takes two visits) tend to be stronger and have better glossy finishes when compared to composite veneers created in the surgery in one visit. For this reason, laboratory-made composite veneers tend not to pick up as much staining. However, the nature of plastics is as such that over time they will start to look worn and discoloured.
Although inconvenient to some, it is easy to improve the aesthetics with another treatment session using the same composite material.
Veneers made of porcelain will not change in shape or colour over time. They tend to remain new looking. At the Perfect Smile, we will ensure you choose the right veneers for your smile.
This usually occurs with everyday tea, coffee, red wine, and curries. It can also occur in smokers. It is usually staining that is stuck to the outside of the teeth.
Any high gloss finished veneer will not stain in this way. However, excessive texturing on the surface of both composite and porcelain veneers can easily pick this staining up.
This staining also occurs on the backs of the teeth that have been veneered since this is normal tooth structure.
It is easy to remove external staining with regular Hygienist visits. During the cleaning process, all stains on teeth will be removed leaving your teeth clean and polished. However, without a change in dietary habits, these stains will simply return and ongoing visits will become necessary to continuously remove the staining. Also, stained surfaces microscopically tend to attract more plaque and tarter. Read more. This can cause future gum disease and tooth decay.
Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove. Since they mostly occur in composite veneers, they often require additional treatment to re-establish the surfaces of the veneers. However, the process is simple and aesthetics can be easily restored.
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