Dental implants are a popular dental procedure, but do take a significant investment of both time and money. Once patients have committed to the procedure, it’s important that they understand how to protect dental implants from staining, and commit to maintaining their implants consistently. 

While dental implants are more durable than actual teeth in some ways, they are still subject to discoloration over time. The type of discoloration that happens to implants is different from natural teeth. Natural teeth become discoloured when dark pigments seep into the enamel. These pigments can come from common luxuries like coffee and wine, if those substances are consumed on a regular basis. 

Conversely, dental implants don’t have any enamel to stain. Even better, dental implants are intentionally made from substances (usually porcelain) that don’t absorb pigments, meaning they won’t stain from something like red wine. However, dental implants are subject to aesthetic issues like scratching or wear from something like a harsh toothpaste or toothbrush. 

Dental implants themselves may be resistant to staining, but if they are cemented rather than screwed into place that cement substance can discolour over time. If a patient has cemented implants they need to treat them as they would normal teeth and do their best to avoid substances with a dark pigment. 

Just like with teeth, people are going to make mistakes with their dental implants and will likely experience discoloration over time. Luckily, just like with actual teeth, dental implants can be whitened if discoloration becomes an issue. It is important to note that dental implants are not whitened in the same way as teeth are. That means if a patient wants to have their implants whitened, they need to do so with the help of a dentist. 

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