If you’ve had veneers for a while and now notice your smile is slightly stained or discolored, you may be considering your teeth whitening options.
But the question begs: Can veneers even be whitened? Which type of tooth-whitening solution might work on them? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about whitening veneers in Jackson!
Teeth whitening involves using a bleaching agent to break down stains on the surface of the tooth and lift the color to achieve a whiter smile.
To get your teeth whiter, you’ll need to expose your teeth to the bleaching agent in multiple sessions. The treatment length can influence the type of results you get, but so will the level of staining you have and previous dental work like veneers.
Applying a dental whitening product to veneers will unfortunately not be very useful. The agents simply don’t have the same chemical reactions when in contact with the materials in veneers, which are usually porcelain.
Because of this, it’s best to avoid using over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, as they could lead to an uneven smile. Your natural teeth will change color, but the veneers will remain the same and create additional aesthetic issues.
Professional dental whitening, on the other hand, requires a dentist to adjust your treatment to account for any existing dental work. In the case of veneers, this could mean upgrading your current ones to a shade that will match the whitened teeth.
Yes, porcelain veneers are usually stain-resistant, but even so, older ones are known to lose their shine and even develop stains.
If your veneers are made from other materials, such as composite, the risk of staining is even higher.
Luckily, you can keep your veneers looking brand new for longer if you follow these simple tips:
Additionally, you should never skip your preventative dental appointment. Seeing your dentist every six months for a check-up is the best way to keep your smile stunning and healthy.
Moreover, during these sessions, you’ll also get a professional cleaning, which can help remove some stubborn stains from both your veneers and natural teeth.
If you’re interested in teeth whitening but are currently wearing veneers, come discuss your options with Dr. Ben Heffter or Dr. Pako Major and get a personalized cosmetic plan to get a perfect smile.
To get started, request a visit to Jackson Family Dentistry online or call our office at (262) 677-3003 to learn more about our services and how we can help.