Do porcelain veneers stain?

I have tried every single whitening technique under the sun to get my teeth whiter and nothing seemed to get them to the condition that I wanted. I am considering getting veneers so I have that nice white smile. Can they stain though? I unfortunately am an avid coffee drinker which most likely led my teeth to where they are now.


F, 35, New York

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My veneers allow me to have an incredible smile. I've had them for about three years and they look exactly the same as the day I got them. Porcelain veneers have a stain-resistant coating. My dentist told me that I could continue to drink coffee and tea, but I should do it in moderation. The coffee and tea could stain the bonding agent used to place my veneers. I was also told to try to avoid damaging my veneers. I don't do things like use my teeth to open things. When the veneers get damaged, they are more susceptible to staining.

I've had my porcelain veneers for about three years. While porcelain veneers are coated with a substance that makes them stain resistant, they are not impervious to stains. My dentist advised to only drink coffee and tea in moderation. While my teeth may not stain, the bonding agent used may and could affect my teeth's overall look. About six months I chipped the veneer on one of my teeth. Needless to say, that tooth is now starting to show some discoloration. The damaged veneer will start to show stains like regular teeth. This is one of the few instances where dental veneers will stain. Staining can be prevented with proper care.

I drink a lot of red wine and smoke cigarettes, so I completely understand your concern about staining veneers. The good news is that porcelain veneers are stain resistant. From what I’ve read online, veneers are now coated with some sort of stain-resistant substance. Veneers were really a great choice for me because I wanted permanent, sparkling white teeth and that seemed unattainable with teeth bleaching - so cosmetic dentistry was the answer. And since I smoke a pack of cigarettes per day and drink red wine two to three days a week, I like knowing that basic, daily oral health care is enough to maintain my bright smile for a long time.

Oh my god, no! The best thing about my veneers is that they don’t stain like natural teeth. I’m like you – but, in addition to coffee, I also drink a ton of wine – so I had the same question. But it turns out that porcelain veneers don’t stain, even in the face of red wine, coffee, or tea, because they’re non-porous. You can eat whatever you want and it won’t affect your pearly white new smile. It's kind of one of the best things about having porcelain veneers - that, and having a beautiful smile. However make sure you stay away from very hard foods or you can chip your veneers.

Unfortunately, though, your veneers can stain with time, with some surface stains where each veneer meets the tooth. To avoid this, my cosmetic dentist did a good job of lining up each veneer with the edge of each tooth, so hopefully I won’t see any discoloration at all.