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September 3, 2022

Can I Still Drink Coffee After Getting Porcelain Veneers?

Filed under: Uncategorized — nlcdentistry @ 8:53 pm
Woman smiling while enjoying a cup of coffee.

Over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed annually, making it one of the most widely consumed beverages on the planet. But as popular and beloved as coffee is, it’s not exactly great for your smile—it’s notorious for causing stained teeth! But what if you have porcelain veneers; can you still regularly enjoy coffee with no fear of your veneers becoming stained, or is it better to show caution and reserve? Keep reading to learn more about how veneers can sometimes become discolored and what you can do about it.

Can Porcelain Veneers Become Stained Like My Natural Teeth?

Unfortunately, your porcelain veneers can become stained, even though they’re technically more resistant to staining than your natural teeth. There are several foods and drinks out there, including coffee, that contain certain pigments capable of discoloring your veneers. But that’s not all that you need to worry about—smoking and using tobacco products can also easily stain your veneers, on top of causing a slew of other oral health issues. Simply put, any sort of consumable that can stain your natural teeth can also potentially stain your veneers when used in excess or over an extended period of time. Poor oral hygiene can also easily lead to stained veneers.

What Should I Do If My Veneers Become Stained?

Although most patients don’t develop highly noticeable staining within the lifespan of their veneers (especially if they’re cleaned regularly), there are still answers for when it happens. Your dentist can clean and whiten your veneers using specialized toothpastes, veneer polish, and other types of various tools and methods. However, it’s worth noting that veneers don’t typically respond to traditional teeth whitening methods or store-bought products—meaning you shouldn’t expect to be able to address the issue yourself. In some cases, veneers can be replaced if they don’t respond to whitening.

Tips for Keeping Your Smile White & Bright

It’s simply in your best interest to prevent your veneers from becoming stained in the first place; and this doesn’t necessarily mean giving up coffee! Consider the following tips:

  • Brush your teeth (and veneers) twice a day for two minutes each time.
  • Floss daily—flossing is just as important as brushing!
  • Avoid harmful oral habits like smoking or using tobacco products.
  • Visit your dentist for regular preventive care—not only will this improve your oral health, but it’ll allow your dentist to inspect your veneers.
  • Be mindful of what you eat and drink—other than coffee, items that can stain your veneers over time include things like berries, tomatoes, ketchup, red wines and sauces, tea, and more.
  • Consider minimizing your intake of items known to cause staining.

If you have veneers, your coffee-drinking days aren’t necessarily over; although, cutting back and following these tips will certainly help them remain as resplendent as possible.

About the Practice

The team at Distinctive Dentistry on Maitland is honored to serve patients and families in the Altamonte Springs, FL area under the leadership of four skilled specialists: Dr. Timothy Lane, Dr. Charles Curley, Dr. Brett Zak, and Dr. Scott McCauley. Their practice is pleased to offer a wide range of services including cosmetic options like porcelain veneers. If you have any questions about veneers or would like to arrange an appointment, you can contact the practice online or over the phone for assistance: (407) 830-9800.

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