Can Porcelain Veneers Be Whitened At Home?
When it comes to transforming your smile, fewer tools are more valuable and effective than porcelain veneers. Not only can dental veneers conceal stains and chips, but they can also be used to enhance the size, shape, and other features of your teeth. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are highly durable and relatively stain-resistant. However, some changes in your veneers may occur over time, leading many patients to wonder whether at-home whitening treatments can be used to restore their veneers’ original brightness. Review the helpful information below from top Manhattan celebrity dentist Dr. Victoria Veytsman of Cosmetic Dental Studios to better understand how porcelain veneers can become stained, whether they can be whitened, and what other options you may have for bringing your veneers back to life.
How do veneers help your teeth?
Porcelain veneers are an extremely beneficial tool in cosmetic dentistry that can be used to conceal a long list of flaws and improve the overall appearance of a person’s smile. Most commonly, porcelain dental veneers are used to address one or more of the following:
- Chipped tooth
- Broken tooth
- Discolored tooth
- Stained teeth
- Dull smile
- Small teeth
- Short teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gap between teeth
By placing a porcelain veneer – which is a thin, tooth-colored shell – over the front surface of the natural tooth, patients can achieve a strikingly beautiful, even, and natural-looking smile.
Can veneers get stained?
At Cosmetic Dental Studios in NYC, Dr. Veytsman is dedicated to using the most cutting-edge tools and technologies available in cosmetic dentistry to give patients the million-dollar smile they deserve. Unlike plastic or composite veneers, modern porcelain veneers are highly stain-resistant and exceptionally durable. However, no veneer is 100% stain-proof. Over time, patients may notice subtle changes in the vibrancy of their veneers, which is often due to staining foods and beverages, such as red wine and dark coffee. Additionally, gum recession and staining of the natural enamel between veneers can cause the smile to look stained or yellow overall.
To prevent your veneers from becoming stained or dull, it is important to maintain a consistent dental hygiene routine with brushing and flossing twice daily, scheduling routine dental cleanings twice per year, and avoiding harsh or staining foods and drinks.
Can you whiten veneers?
Patients who notice a change in the color and brightness of their veneers over time often wonder whether at-home or in-office teeth whitening can help to restore their initial veneer color. Unfortunately, porcelain veneers can’t be whitened using either approach. Depending on the level of staining, how long the veneers have been stained, how old the veneers are, and other factors, Dr. Veytsman may be able to remove some discoloration with a thorough dental cleaning. However, the most effective way to restore the stunning smile you once had is by replacing your porcelain veneers.
Smile bigger and brighter with porcelain veneers in Manhattan, NY
Fewer things can make a person feel as confident and beautiful as having a bright, white, even smile. With porcelain veneers, the smile of your dreams can finally be a reality. Join the many men and women who are loving their look once again by calling Cosmetic Dental Studios in NYC to schedule your private consultation for porcelain veneers with cosmetic dentist to the stars Dr. Victoria Veytsman today!