Conceal Stubborn Dental Stains with Veneers
Some dental stains cannot be removed with at-home or in-office whitening treatments. Porcelain veneers are the best way to cover stained teeth when the teeth do not respond to dental bleaching.
Drs. Jeffrey S. Kleinheinz and Katrina Ashlin use porcelain veneers to conceal deep discoloration at our office in Charlotte, NC. Our team creates custom veneers from a thin shell of dental-grade porcelain that is durable and natural-looking.
Types of Stains
To effectively treat stains, it’s essential to know if the discoloration is an extrinsic or intrinsic stain.
Extrinsic stains are superficial discoloration that affects the enamel (outermost layer of the tooth). Drinking beverages with dye and tannins (such as coffee, tea, wine, or dark sodas) and using tobacco products are the most common reasons extrinsic stains occur.
Extrinsic stains do not respond to regular brushing and often, at-home whitening treatments aren’t powerful enough to lift these types of stains. Professional teeth whitening is the most efficient way to brighten surface-level discoloration. Professional-strength bleaching agents typically have a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide than store-bought products. Hydrogen peroxide immediately penetrates the enamel to break up and lift the microscopic molecules that cause discoloration.
Intrinsic stains tarnish the dentin (inner layer of the tooth). Dental trauma, overexposure to fluoride, or taking certain antibiotics can cause intrinsic discoloration.
Deep stains do not respond to whitening treatments. In fact, whitening treatments can make intrinsic stains look more noticeable by brightening the teeth around them. Because these stains cannot be removed, porcelain veneers are often recommended to cover up severe below-the-enamel stains.
What Is the Veneer Application Process?
Porcelain veneers require at least two dental visits at our clinic in Charlotte, NC.
At the first visit, the dentist examines the mouth to ensure that the smile is healthy enough for veneers. If your teeth pass health checks, the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel to make room for the restoration. The dentist also takes impressions of the teeth at this time. If needed, the dentist will apply temporary veneers.
Next, the impressions are sent to a dental lab. Lab assistants create customized veneers using the patient’s dental impressions and cosmetic preferences.
When the custom veneers come back from the lab, they will be placed during a second appointment. The dentist fits the veneers on the teeth to make sure they fit comfortably. Then, they cement the porcelain restorations on the front of the teeth with a special bonding agent for a natural-looking, durable finish.
Why Are Porcelain Veneers a Suitable Treatment for Intrinsic Stains?
Porcelain veneers are designed to blend in with the adjacent teeth for a radiant appearance. Ceramic is naturally stain-resistant and will stay bright for years to come.
Porcelain veneers are one of the longest-lasting cosmetic restorations available. When treated with care, veneers can last for 10 to 15 years.
It is important to keep in mind that porcelain veneers cannot be bleached. For patients that would like an all-around brighter smile, we suggest whitening the teeth before applying porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers do not change color over time, but the natural tooth enamel may.
Learn More about Treating Stained Teeth Today
If you have questions about how porcelain veneers can improve your smile, schedule a consultation at our Charlotte office. Give us a call at (704) 542-6003 or message us online today.