08 Jan Will Teeth Whitening Make My Veneers Whiter?
At-home and professional teeth whitening systems are designed to remove surface stains from natural teeth. Veneers, which are often made of porcelain and finished with a protective, nonporous glaze, do not have the same physical characteristics seen in natural teeth and they do not collect stains the way natural teeth do. Veneers are very thin, however, and if the underlying teeth are heavily stained or discolored, or if the bonding substance becomes stained, the veneers will appear slightly dulled in color. It should be noted that veneers can be made to match the shade of the natural teeth, such as when one veneer is placed to repair a damaged tooth, and this color is permanent.
Many patients visit a cosmetic dentist for the placement of veneers and are instructed to have professional teeth whitening treatment before the veneers are placed. This ensures the best possible results after the veneers are bonded to the teeth. Patients are then given after-care instructions to reduce the risk of staining to the bonding substance during the first few days following veneer placement. Caring for natural teeth, behind the veneers, will help keep the smile as nice as the first day. This includes brushing and flossing, with care and in accordance with the dentist’s instructions, to reduce staining on teeth behind veneers. Patients should continue having twice yearly checkups and professional cleanings, as well.
Professional teeth whitening can be done in-office for the best results, removing stains from the natural teeth and allowing veneers to shine like new again. If stains have seeped into the bonding substance that secures veneers to the teeth, these stains may be improved with the whitening treatment, depending on the severity and overall condition of the veneers.
For more information on veneers, professional teeth whitening, and other cosmetic treatment options to enhance satisfaction with a smile and boost confidence, contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro at 918-779-3399 and schedule your professional consultation today!