What Are Porcelain 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. They will make them look straighter and whiter.
The veneers that are made of porcelain are stain-resistant and extremely durable. They have a nice glaze on the top of them and 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 up 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 Veneers
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 the tooth-whitening system and talk to your dentist before attempting to whiten your teeth at home.
Gentle Polishing Toothpaste
Next, you can try brushing the teeth with toothpaste that is specifically designed to remove the composite that is the cause of stained veneers. Gentle polishing toothpaste is recommended if you have a minor stain showing up around the edges of your veneers.
The 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.