It was probably a very exciting day when you got your veneers. After all, you had a beautiful new smile to show off.
But over time you may have noticed your veneers becoming discolored. Surface stains may develop on composite resin veneers after prolonged exposure to drinks like tea, coffee or red wine. Smokers may also develop yellow or brown surface stains on their composite resin veneers due to nicotine.
If you have porcelain veneers, you may have noticed how your teeth around the veneers are becoming discolored. Porcelain veneers shouldn’t become stained or discolored because they’re extremely dense.
Either way, you may be wondering how to whiten your veneers at home, at your dentist, anywhere. We’re here to help.
Can You Whiten Veneers?
This may not be the news you wanted to hear, but veneers typically don’t respond to whitening techniques like whitening gels, baking soda, or even professional whitening.
Whether you have porcelain or resin veneers, whitening them won’t work. They’re more dense than normal teeth, which makes them resilient to stains but also to whitening.
How to Whiten Your Smile If You Have Veneers
There are other ways to whiten your smile if you have veneers, including:
1. Brush teeth after drinking coffee or eating
Brushing your teeth may reduce the acidity and sugars that typically bond to your teeth after your coffee or meal. This can help prevent further discoloration from happening.
2. Whiten your teeth surrounding your veneer
When you got your veneers, your dentist likely advised you to whiten your teeth beforehand to match the veneer(s) to the color of your teeth.
This is because a proactive approach helps match to your desired whiteness versus a corrective approach which makes it more difficult to match the whiteness level.
If you didn’t whiten your teeth before, you can still do so now. It’s just more difficult to match the whiteness of your teeth and veneer this way. The porcelain won’t whiten, but your other teeth will.
3. Replace your old veneers with new ones
Your dentist very well may recommend replacing your old veneers with new ones if you find discoloration on your old ones.
Make sure you ask about whitening your teeth before you get your new veneer so the color of your teeth and new veneer matches.
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