Can You Whiten Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin-layers of white porcelain that are fixed to the front of a person’s teeth to cosmetically change their appearance, making their teeth look straighter and whiter. Veneers that are made of porcelain are stain-resistant and extremely durable. They have a nice glaze on the top of them, but if that glaze wears off then the veneers can get stained.
Porcelain veneers can also acquire stains on the sides as the material ages. You cannot whiten veneers with bleach like you can natural teeth, but you can try to get the teeth below the veneers whiter or you could have a cosmetic dentist do it for you.
Three Methods Used to Whiten Teeth
The three methods used for whitening the teeth are a tooth-whitening system, gentle polishing toothpaste, and a cosmetic dentist.
First, know what type of porcelain veneers are in your mouth. If you have the translucent, light-type of veneers, you can try bleaching the back of the teeth. When you attempt to bleach the backside of veneered teeth, the real tooth will naturally whiten up, which is then reflected through the porcelain veneer.
Always follow the instructions completely when it comes to tooth-whitening systems and talk to your dentist before attempting to whiten your teeth at home.
You can also try brushing the teeth with toothpaste that is specifically designed to remove the composite that causing your stained veneers. Gentle polishing toothpaste is recommended if you have a minor stain showing up around the edges of your veneers.
The polishing toothpaste should remove the buildup of composite all around your veneers giving the teeth a whiter appearance. If you are unsure about what type of toothpaste to use, your dentist can recommend one for you.
Another option for whitening your veneers is visiting a cosmetic dentist. More than likely, the porcelain glaze has worn off of your veneers, and a cosmetic dentist can professionally clean them so that they look white again. The worst case scenario is that they will need replacing.
When it comes down to stains on porcelain veneers, it is good to know that they do not stain easily. By trying some of the above methods, you can possibly find the perfect way to make your veneers brighter and whiter.