Can Porcelain Veneers Be Whitened?

If you’re looking for a dramatic way to transform and change your smile, porcelain veneers are the go-to option for many. They can last for about a decade and do wonders for covering up imperfections like cracks, chips, spaces, discoloration and staining. Rather than go with more invasive cosmetic procedures, veneers are able to do all of the work for you without hours sitting in a dental chair!

What are Veneers?

Veneers are made out of small and thin pieces of porcelain. They are custom-made for each individual so that they look completely natural. They can be treated the same way you would any of your natural teeth. Veneers are ideal for patients who are unhappy with their smiles. You might have minor or even major imperfections and are looking for a way to cover up these areas. Veneers are durable and incredibly long-lasting.

Can They Be Whitened?

Veneers cannot be whitened like natural teeth. The porcelain is not as porous as your natural teeth, which makes the veneers themselves stain-resistant. The color that the veneers are when you have them placed initially is the color they’ll be when you need to go and replace them years later. This is why it is important to consider whitening before having veneers placed rather than after. Keep in mind that if you whiten your teeth with veneers in, your natural teeth will whiten while the veneers stay the same. The benefit of this is that just as your veneers can’t be whitened, they cannot be stained either. Despite the amount of smoking, coffee drinking or wine sipping you do, the veneers should always stay looking the same. In short, there is absolutely no reason to whiten the veneers because they will start out and stay as white as possible.

How to Keep Your Veneers Looking Great

The best way to keep your veneers looking great is by making routine trips into the dental office. We can check on the veneers to make sure they’re still securely in place and free of tartar buildup. If surface staining is present, this can be removed with a simple professional cleaning to restore the look of the original veneer. Your veneers can provide you with years of a perfect smile.

Looking for Porcelain Veneers in Indianapolis?

If you think you might benefit from porcelain veneers,don’t hesitate to schedule with Dr. Brad Sammons, our Indianapolis dentist! We look forward to answering your questions and assisting you!

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