Can Veneers be whitened?

Got your new Veneers? You may seem to be a lot more positive about your new found sparkling, straight smile.  However, with time, your veneers may turn discolored and lose its sheen. So what to do about it and how can your veneers be whitened?

How do Veneers become discolored?

The material usually used for making veneers is either composite resin or porcelain. The Canadian Dental Association states that porcelain veneers, as such, do not get discolored or stained, but the same can’t be said for composite resin veneers.  

However, composite resin veneers do not stain quite as much as your natural tooth, made of enamel, which can get discolored and develop stains on the surface easily with constant exposure to darkly pigment beverages and drinks such as coffee, tea or red wine. Smoking can form brown or yellow surface on composite resin veneers because of the effect of nicotine.

Can Veneers be whitened?

Many of our patients, on seeing their composite resin veneers turning brown or yellow, try out self teeth whitening treatment which can be performed at home. The bad news, however, is that it doesn’t do a clean job. We would recommend talking to our expert dentist professionals before whitening your veneers.   

While composite resin veneers cannot be whitened, it doesn’t suggest that you can’t do anything to give an improved look to your veneers. Expert cleanings help remove stain marks on the surface; therefore, ensure you pay a visit to your dentist at least once every six months without fail.

The highly discolored veneers can be replaced by your dentist. Composite resin veneers can, generally, keep going on for 5 to 7 years before wanting to be replaced.

How to care for your veneers?

It is important to take care of your veneers as much as you do for own enamel, perhaps even more, to prevent stains.  Stay away from color-saturated drinks and foods that cause discoloration due to stains. Keep a tab on how much you drink beverages – tea, coffee, and foods such as pasta sauce, curry, balsamic vinegar, berries, etc.  

If you can’t get rid of daily favourite cup of Joe, do brush later using a good toothbrush that can clean away bacteria from the teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. If you aren’t at home and don’t carry a toothbrush with you, rinse your mouth well using water after you’re done with your favourite drinks to tone down the effects of staining. 

Veneers, at their very best, help offer a clean, white smile; however, it requires bit of care for extended life. Brush twice a day and don’t forget to give us a shout for professional expert and guidance.



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