Will Teeth Whitening Make My Veneers Whiter?

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We all desire the whitest teeth possible. Teeth whitening offers one of the most immediate and economical ways to enhance our smile.

Teeth that are drab or stained can add years to your appearance; your cosmetic dentist will often recommend trying to whiten your teeth as a first step to a smile makeover.

While teeth whitening is an exceptional option to improve your smile, sometimes whitening is not going to provide the improvements desired. Teeth that are chipped, misshapen, contain unwanted gaps, or are deeply stained may require a different kind of procedure to makeover your smile.

Dental veneers provide an excellent option that is minimally invasive and permanent. They are wafer thin shells that are permanently cemented on the front of teeth that you wish to modify to improve your appearance. Any number of teeth can be included. Veneers are most often made with porcelain, a strong material that is resistant to staining.

Before any restoration work is to be done, your cosmetic dentist will advise you to whiten your teeth first. That is because porcelain is not affected by teeth whitening products. Consequently, if you have veneers or any cosmetic restoration done and then want to whiten your teeth, your biological teeth will lighten but previously treated teeth will not change.

However, if you whiten first, your cosmetic dentist can match the shade of your restoration to the level of whiteness achieved. It is always advised to wait a couple of weeks after your whitening treatment is completed before trying to match your newly whitened shade to your desired restoration.

If you whiten first, touch ups will allow you to continue to match your veneers or other cosmetic restorations. This also means that you will likely need to continue to whiten your teeth to keep everything looking as natural as possible.

There are steps you can take to extend the life of teeth whitening including being aware of the foods and beverages that are known to stain dental enamel. These include coffee, tea, red wine, colas … any dark beverage can stain. Many tomato based foods, fruits like berries, and citrus can disrupt your whitening efforts. In addition, tobacco use will stain teeth.

To maximize your teeth whitening experience, brush and floss daily; and keep your dental appointments for cleaning and an exam every six months. To learn more about your options, contact Anderson Dentistry and schedule your informative consultation today.