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Can You Really Whiten Teeth After Receiving Dental Veneers?

Everyone tries to avoid paying a visit to the dentist. However, there are times when there’s no way out. Even if you skip your thoughts regarding the possible dental issues that can call for treatments, you can freely have faith on veneers to improve the appearance of your smile.

And apart from being a solution to chipped and cracked tooth, if you are simply looking to get that Hollywood smile, veneers can give you that in just one visit.

Many patients who have previously received veneers questioned on the options to whiten their teeth after a year of receiving them. While this might not be a concerning question if what they received are porcelain veneers, but can certainly be a wise inquiry if you’ve received composite resin veneers.

Today, this post will be covering the same so that you can be aware of the possibilities of getting your veneers whitened. So, let’s get started.

What Makes Veneers To Get Discolored? 

Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin. You might have come across information that says porcelain veneers don’t become stained or discolored. However, veneers made from composite resins are prone to stains and gets discolored over time.

If we would sequence “most prone to stains” in a descending order, it will be as follows:

Natural Teeth – Our tooth enamel is highly prone to stains, and simple drinking coffee or having a glass of wine can leave your teeth with stains.

Composite Resin– Is better in terms of natural tooth enamel. However, it is also prone to stains after prolonged use.

Porcelain Veneers– This type of veneers can keep stains away and is one of the most popular options recommended by dentists around the world.

How composite resin veneers get stained with time? 

Surface stains can be a result of prolonged exposure to highly pigmented drinks like coffee, tea or red wine. Regular smokers can also develop brown or yellow surface stains due to nicotine.

Food for thought: While the process will be slower when compared with natural tooth enamel, your teeth, when exposed to certain food and smoke (nicotine) can accumulate stains much faster than composite resin veneers. So brushing twice a day and rinsing your mouth after you enjoy your favorite foods is a wise practice.

Whitening Your Veneers

While you cannot get your composite resin veneers whitened, that does not mean you can’t improve it’s appearance. Professional teeth cleaning can help in removing surface stains. So, once you get your veneers make sure to visit your dentist every 6 months.

Also, if your veneers are extremely discolored, replacing them can be a wise option. But again, it completely depends on how stained they are. Typically, composite resin veneers last for at least 5 to 7 years before they need replacement.

How to care for your veneers and ensure prolonged white and bright smile?

If you have composite resin, you may need to avoid consuming food that leaves your teeth with stains. Along with that, you will need to make brushing and flossing twice daily a must-follow habit. Let’s take a look at all the steps you can take to ensure white and long-lasting veneers.

  1. Avoid foods and drinks that stains your teeth like coffee, tea and red wine.
  2. Avoid biting hard on the food surface or grinding your teeth constantly. Irrespective of whether it is a composite resin veneer or a porcelain veneer, hard bites can leave you with chipped tooth.
  3. Brushing and flossing is a must. Make sure to floss carefully. Veneers are administered using sealants after removing a layer of natural tooth enamel, and gaps can allow food particles to accumulate under the upper layer.

What more?

At Long Falls Dentistry we make use of Porcelain Veneers and help you know the steps you can take to ensure its longevity. However, if you have received composite veneers and are eager to get them whitened, we welcome you to our dental office in Carthage, NY. You can also opt to schedule a consultation with us and we will be more than happy to take you through the process as per your individual needs, in details.

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