I just received six porcelain veneers and I really love them. I even tried to quit smoking as a means of keeping them healthy and white. Unfortunately, I found that a bit harder than expected. Instead of starting back to smoking, I sort of switched to vaping. I’m currently vaping four to five times a day. Can you tell me if this will cause stains on my porcelain veneers, the way smoking would?
Congratulations on both the porcelain veneers and your efforts in getting rid of tobacco in your life. I can tell you are making real efforts to improve things. One of the biggest benefits you will find from giving up tobacco is the increased health to your gums. There is a strong link between smoking and gum disease because the nicotine reduces the blood flow your gums need to stay healthy.
Is Vaping Healthier than Smoking?
Maybe. There is some debate. It certainly has less nicotine than smoking, which is why it is often used as a means of helping people to wean off of cigarettes. However, there is some concern about its impact on users’ lungs. In fact, there is a new issue dubbed popcorn lung that we think is a result of vaping. I would suggest you talk to your dentist about alternatives in order to help you truly quit smoking without trading one health risk for another.
Will Vaping Stain Your Teeth?
Vaping liquids contain propylene glycol/glycerin that are flavored, along with nicotine and water. Some of them contain added colors and some do not. Some good news is that porcelain veneers are quite stain resistant. They are even more stain resistant than your natural tooth structure. That does not mean they will not pick up stains if you are constantly vaping, but know that porcelain gives you the best chance of keeping a white smile.
Be aware though that most smiles are eight to ten teeth wide. You have six veneers, which means your natural teeth will be visible when you smile. Hopefully, your dentist had you whiten your teeth before getting your porcelain veneers so they could be close in color. If not, don’t panic. You can whiten them now without causing any damage to your new veneers.
I recommend that you use Supersmile Toothpaste to keep your porcelain veneers as well as your natural teeth clean, bright, and white. The natural teeth will stain before the porcelain veneers but you want to keep everything as clean as possible. This is a whitening toothpaste that is safe for both cosmetic dental work and natural tooth structure.
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