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Can Dental Veneers Be Whitened?

January 24, 2023 8:27 pm | Published by

Veneers are ultra-thin, tooth-colored shells that are placed over the front of a patient’s teeth to instantly boost their appearance. Porcelain veneers are customized in terms of color, shape, and size to look very similar to the patient’s natural teeth, just cosmetically enhanced! Whether a patient is just getting one veneer to modify a single tooth or many veneers for a full smile makeover, we always work with them to ensure that their dental restorations meet their expectations and will provide them with a smile that they can’t wait to show off!

Veneers Longevity

Veneers are designed to be very durable dental restorations. They can last 20 years or longer without needing to be modified or replaced! Because of this, there’s not much that patients can do at home to change the appearance of their veneers. Porcelain veneers are made to be quite stain-resistant, so they should keep their custom color for many years without intervention from our team or the patient.

Veneers & Teeth Whitening

This also means that they cannot be whitened with teeth whitening products. Natural teeth are very porous, so teeth whitening products are able to be absorbed into the teeth and bleach the dentin, causing the teeth to become whiter in appearance. Porcelain veneers cannot absorb teeth whitening gel, hydrogen peroxide, or the whitening ingredients that can be found in whitening toothpastes.

What If I Want My Veneers to Be Whiter?

At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we always want our patients to be happy with the way that their smiles look, and we will be glad to work with you to determine the precise shade of white that will look beautiful and natural with your smile.

If you are only getting one or two veneers placed and you want all of your teeth to appear whiter, we recommend scheduling a professional whitening treatment with our team first. Once your teeth have reached your ideal shade of white, we can create custom veneers that match your shade exactly. This way, your veneers will be designed to match your ideal tooth color instead of your natural tooth color!

Cosmetic Dentistry at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry

Interested in learning more about our cosmetic treatments? Feel free to visit our cosmetic page or contact our friendly front office team for assistance!

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