Can You Whiten Veneers?
At Dental Express, we offer a variety of procedures, including porcelain veneers, to help our patients to improve their smile and oral health. After an initial consultation, we can determine which procedures will help you achieve your smile goals. We also can address many of the most frequently asked questions regarding veneers, such as “Do veneers stains?” and “How long do veneers last?” This allows our patients in San Diego, CA to make the most informed decision for their oral health.
What are veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded directly to the front of a patient’s teeth. At Dental Express in San Diego, CA, our team uses this cosmetic dentistry procedure to improve both how a smile looks and functions. We can fix broken, chipped, or cracked teeth, as well as yellowing or gaps in a smile, helping to improve oral health quickly. During your first visit, one of our dentists will perform a thorough dental exam to evaluate the current state of your teeth and gums and determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers.
Who is the best candidate for porcelain veneers?
The best candidates for porcelain veneers shouldn’t show any signs of periodontal disease or tooth decay. During your exam, if we detect any dental problem, it will need to be fixed before you get veneers. Ultimately, how much tooth enamel you have determines whether or not you are an ideal candidate. We use veneers to improve the color, length, size, shape, and alignment of the teeth.
How to take care of veneers
Caring for porcelain veneers ensures they last as long as possible. While porcelain veneers don’t usually stain, the edges of them can develop brown lines without proper oral hygiene. To protect your veneers, follow these tips:
Follow an at-home oral hygiene routine diligently: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. This helps reduce the chance of developing gum disease.
Have annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings: Scheduling these important preventive appointments allows you to know early about any oral health issues that need to be fixed.
Use a night guard: For patients who clench or grind their teeth, a custom night guard helps protect natural teeth and veneers.
Don’t chew on objects: Never chew on ice, nails, or a pen as this can lead to cracks or breaks in your veneers or your natural teeth.
Refrain from eating or drinking stain-causing food and beverages: Veneers don’t usually stain, but if you consume a lot of stain-causing foods or beverages, such as coffee, tea, or wine, stains may develop.
Can I whiten porcelain veneers?
Your natural tooth enamel is what absorbs the colors of the foods and drinks you consume. While veneers don’t usually stain, they can develop brown lines around their edges. While whitening veneers is difficult and not advised, a professional dental cleaning can help remove and reduce stains that you may have developed. For severe cases, you may need to replace your veneers.
Protect your veneers and help them look their best
At Dental Express, our team can address different dental problems with porcelain veneers. Veneers can last 10 – 15 years with a regular oral hygiene routine and regular dental exams and cleanings. To learn if veneers can help repair your smile, call to schedule a consultation today in San Diego, CA.