Porcelain veneers are stain resistant by nature, but that does not mean they are stain-proof. As long as you follow some simple guidelines, your veneers should remain white throughout their lifespan.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent your veneers from staining is to stop smoking. While the nature of porcelain prevents many stains from clinging to the veneers, the chemicals found in cigarette smoke can stick to the veneers. And if a layer of stain is allowed to settle, it will be easier for other stains to also attach.
It is also important to avoid using whitening toothpaste. These types of toothpaste contain abrasive ingredients and can weaken the glaze that contributes to porcelain being stain resistant.
Lastly, it is good to remember that the natural tooth behind your veneer can stain, and if the tooth behind it stains, it can show through the veneer. Dark liquids like coffee, tea, and red wine should be avoided. If you feel like you cannot do without one of these beverages, our Beverly Hills veneers expert recommends that you drink them through a straw to avoid the liquid from coming into contact with your teeth as much as possible. If you do consume a liquid or a food that has a tendency to stain, you should try and brush your teeth as soon as possible to get rid of the stain. In fact, regularly brushing and flossing, along with biannual visits to your dentist for a professional cleaning, go a long way in keeping your veneers white.