Can my Dental Veneers Be Whitened?

Dental Veneers and Dental Laminates Katy, TX

After getting dental veneers, one question patients often ask is if they can whiten their new smile. Veneers cannot be whitened if they are made from porcelain, but patients can take steps to keep their smile looking bright for a long time. Continue reading to know what causes discoloration and steps that can be taken to whiten teeth that have veneers.

How veneers get discolored

Patients generally have the option of choosing between porcelain or composite resin veneers. Porcelain veneers cannot be stained or discolored, but this is not the same for composite resin veneers. Composite resin resists stains better than the natural tooth enamel, but it can eventually get discolored. Surface stains are caused by prolonged exposure to colored drinks like coffee, tea or red wine. People who smoke are also likely to stain their teeth with nicotine.

Whitening veneers

If the composite resin starts to change color, patients are often tempted to attempt at-home whitening treatment. However, these veneers do not respond properly to whitening treatments. Therefore, it is advisable to discuss with the dentist before trying to whiten the teeth.

Whitening veneers may not be possible, but that is not to say that improving appearance is not possible. Professional cleanings can get rid of surface stains, so biannual appointments with the dentist are essential. For severe discoloration, the dentist may suggest replacing the veneers. Composite veneers usually last for five to seven years before a replacement is required.

Veneers are highly durable, strong and resistant to color changes. However, if the veneers have been there for several years, it is possible that the material used was prone to staining. If the veneers now have a different color from the natural teeth or have been stained, replacing them is probably the best way to go. Patients can talk about veneer replacement with their dentist. However, they can ask about whitening before replacing their veneers.

Protecting the veneers

Like the natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing is vital to prevent oral health issues and protect the veneers. It is best to avoid highly pigmented foods and drinks that may cause staining. If giving up red wine or that early cup of coffee seems impossible, then brushing should take place soon afterward. If access to a toothbrush is not possible, one can rinse the mouth with water or mouthwash to reduce stains on the teeth.

To prevent damages to the veneer, it is best to avoid bad oral habits such as biting or chewing hard objects. Those who play contact sports or grind their teeth at night can benefit from wearing a mouthguard to protect their smile.

Final note

Veneers offer individuals an easy way to whiten their smile while covering other imperfections on the teeth. However, to keep them in the best shape, they require adequate care. You can get an aesthetically appealing smile by booking an appointment with the dentist. They will examine your smile and recommend the best way to achieve a sparkling smile. 

Request an appointment here: https://villagiofamilydental.com or call Villagio Family & Cosmetic Dental at (281) 864-4040 for an appointment in our Katy office.

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