Porcelain veneers are a great option for those looking to make a change to their smile. Not only do they whiten teeth, but they also shape and size them for a better overall look. However, porcelain veneers don't respond well to traditional whitening treatments. It is always recommended to talk to your dentist before attempting any type of DIY.
Porcelain veneers can also acquire stains on the sides as the material ages. So, can porcelain veneers be bleached? The answer is no. You can't bleach veneers with bleach like you would with natural teeth, but you can try to make the teeth below the veneers whiter or you can ask a cosmetic dentist to do it for you. There are several options available for whitening veneers, and it is important to understand them before attempting any DIY whitening treatments.
One way to whiten veneers is through professional cleanings. Professional cleanings can help remove and reduce some stains from the surface of veneers. If the veneers are heavily stained and discolored, the dentist may decide that it is best to replace them. Another option is to use an alcohol-free mouthwash every time you brush.
A quality antiseptic mouthwash can destroy plaque, prevent gum disease, and help keep your veneers looking whiter. However, as noted above, alcohol can soften bonding compounds and contribute to premature degradation of veneers, so look for an alcohol-free mouthwash. You may be tempted to try to whiten your veneers yourself with over-the-counter whitening products. However, in the best case scenario that is not recommended.
Veneers don't respond to bleaching agents like normal enamel. You may end up whitening your natural teeth while your veneers still look the same, resulting in an uneven smile. Finally, you may want to consider getting a new set of porcelain veneers if your current ones are heavily stained or discolored. A skilled aesthetic dentist may recommend complete teeth whitening followed by implantation of a new veneer.
The replacement veneer enamel will be carefully customized to match the surrounding teeth, leaving you with a soft, red carpet smile. To avoid discoloration as much as possible, try to avoid foods or drinks that can stain veneers, brush your teeth regularly, and don't forget to see your dentist for a professional cleaning every 6 months and an exam every year. With proper care and maintenance, you should be able to keep your porcelain veneers looking their best for years to come.