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Do Porcelain Veneers Stain?

Close up of veneers next to teeth

You may be unhappy or self-conscious about your smile and are considering porcelain veneers. But you have questions, like are they right for you or do veneers stain?

Your smile is a valuable asset. In fact, more than 99% of American adults see a smile as an important social asset, and more than 70% believe that an unattractive smile can negatively affect someone’s success.

Porcelain veneers are the second most popular dental treatment in America to transform your smile, just behind teeth whitening.

But what makes them so popular?

To find out and to get answers to other questions, such as do porcelain veneers stain, let’s take a closer look.

What types of problems do dental veneers fix?

Veneers are routinely used in the following situations:

  • Teeth that are discolored because of:
    • Root canal treatment
    • Excessive fluoride
  • Cover broken or chipped teeth
  • Hide gaps in the teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down

There are many other reasons people choose veneers. It is best to speak to MZ Dentistry to determine if veneers are the right solution for you.

Do porcelain veneers stain?

While veneers are often made of stain-resistant materials, they can be stained over time, especially if made from a mix of materials.

Unlike those made from composite resins, it is not generally easy to stain porcelain veneers.

Made from a non-porous material, porcelain veneers do not absorb liquids and are resistant to surface stains caused by food and beverages.

Additionally, porcelain veneers are more resistant to damage.

Although coffee and dark liquids aren’t off the menu, we recommend you keep these to a moderate level, as you can still stain your remaining natural teeth.

How veneers work

Matching the color of veneers

Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin. However, most people ‌choose porcelain for its stain-resistant properties.

While veneers are a very popular treatment, people often question what they do and if they’ll harm their original teeth or if they stain.

The veneers are custom designed and bonded to the front surface of your teeth to cover imperfections and create a more even, bright, and attractive smile. The dentist only removes a tiny, harmless sliver of your tooth to create a perfect fit.

After we bond them to your teeth, our cosmetic dentist shapes and polishes them to perfection!

Do veneers hurt?

Before beginning your procedure, we numb the area we’ll work on. As such, you shouldn’t feel any significant discomfort.

In our experience, most patients with up to four veneers experience little to no pain after the procedure.

However, patients with more veneers may feel some discomfort or soreness in the gums.

This discomfort is usually mild and easily relieved with over-the-counter medications.

The bottom line

Porcelain veneers are a very popular cosmetic procedure regarded as an important social aspect.

Book your appointment with MZ Dentistry for your porcelain veneers and discuss your new smile today.

We’ll answer any questions you may have, such as:

  • How we prepare your teeth for veneers
  • How much tooth enamel we will remove in your case
  • To see before-and-after patient pictures, including tooth preparation photos


Our office is in Vernon Hills, and we proudly welcome patients from Libertyville, Mundelein, Hawthorn Woods, IL, Northbrook, IL, Lincolnshire, IL, Buffalo Grove, IL, Long Grove, IL, Indian Creek, IL, Barrington, IL, Lake Zurich, IL, Deer Park, IL, Kildeer, IL.

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