Deep stains, also known as intrinsic stains, lie underneath the enamel of the teeth. Often caused by fluorosis, medication, or inadequate tooth care, these stains are not responsive to topical teeth whiteners. In fact, many topical whiteners will enhance the appearance of intrinsic stains by lightening surrounding enamel, serving to highlight deeper discoloration.
If you have deep stains that have not responded well to topical teeth whitening, it may be time to consider a more advanced cosmetic solution such as porcelain veneers. Placed over the front of the teeth, dental veneers are shaped and colored to match adjacent teeth. Many people choose to have their teeth whitened prior to having veneers placed, enabling natural enamel to look as flawless and attractive as the new veneers.
Porcelain is stain resistant and reflects light in a manner similar enough to natural tooth enamel to be indistinguishable. This allows dental veneers to fit seamlessly into your smile, serving as the new “face” of teeth impacted by cosmetic issues like severe discoloration, irregular sizes and shapes, crooked presentation, and small gaps. Unlike tooth whiteners, porcelain veneers address all these problems and more, allowing them treat a number of cosmetic issues and restore beauty to the smile through a single service.
How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?
With proper maintenance, topical tooth whiteners can keep teeth bright and beautiful for several months. With proper maintenance, porcelain veneers can keep teeth bright and beautiful for ten years or more. Incredibly strong, veneers are able to serve the same function as natural teeth and, when cared for similarly – with a few extra precautions we’ll prepare you for – veneers should continue to look and feel like natural teeth for years to come.
Durable, easy to care for, and incredibly attractive, dental veneers offer the ideal solution to many of our patients. If you are curious to learn more, please call Evolution Dental at 403-208-9965 and schedule your initial consultation today. Located in Calgary, we welcome general, family, and cosmetic dentistry patients from all surrounding areas of Alberta.