A young woman came to my practice inquiring about using a whitening system to remove the tetracycline stains across the tops of her front teeth. Even though some people can experience a slight improvement through a whitening approach, a better option to treating tetracycline stains is to use Porcelain Veneers. By the use of porcelain veneers, we were able to restore her very beautiful smile.

In this article I will share my experience with several of my patients in using Porcelain Veneers to remove stains as well as correct various other defects, to get the perfect smile everyone describes.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are fine shells of ceramic material that are bonded to the front of a tooth. They are used to mask discolorations, brighten teeth, and to improve the smile. They are a greatorative choice for improving the appearance of your teeth.

When is a porcelain veneer restoration recommended?

  • As an alternative to crowns, to change tooth color, size, or shape.
  • For treating severe teeth discolorations. For example, teeth stained by tetracycline, by injury, and for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.
  • Alternative for certain Orthodontics. For example, when the front teeth are slightly misaligned, crooked, or rotated.
  • For the repair of old crowns and bridgework under certain specific situations.
  • For the elimination of gaps between teeth.

Can porcelain veneers get stained due to extended use – especially with the use of tea, coffee, red wine, or tobacco products?

A major advantage of using porcelain veneers as opposed to cosmetic dental bonding materials is that the porcelain veneer's surface is made of porcelain. Since porcelain is a type of ceramic, it is nonporous with non-fading permanent color. Here, a porcelain veneer's surface is extremely stain resistant.

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