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Can Porcelain Veneers Be Whitened?

It’s not uncommon to be unhappy with your smile. You might avoid laughing, talking or smiling because of the way that your teeth look currently. If you are ready for a dramatic change, you might want to consider the benefits of porcelain veneers. These thin shells of porcelain can cover an array of flaws at the front of your smile. This can have a beneficial impact on your self-esteem and confidence regardless of your age.

What Are the Benefits of Veneers?

Veneers can easily cover up flaws and other imperfections that have you feeling badly about your smile. These flaws include discoloration, staining, chips, cracks, spaces, gaps and otherwise unsightly teeth. Veneers are relatively durable, with most patients having them for 10 or more years. Once the veneers have begun to worn, they can be just as easily replaced with new restorations. Veneers can transform your smile easily and without a lot of extensive work being done prior to them being placed.
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Can Veneers Be Whitened?

Veneers are not as porous as your natural teeth. Because of this, they typically stay just as white as they were the day that they were placed regardless of your eating, drinking or lifestyle habits. Because they do not collect stains or discoloration due to their nature, it is nearly impossible to whiten them anymore than when they were made for you. If your veneers do become slightly stained or discolored over time, you may be able to whiten them to restore them to their original color. However, they will not become whiter than the shade that was used to create them for you. If you want whiter or brighter veneers, they will need to be replaced with new restorations in a lighter color.

How Can I Maintain My Veneers?

The best way to maintain your veneers is by brushing and flossing them. Try to avoid applying too much pressure to them, and never use your front teeth to open packages or to bite into hard objects, like ice or pens. By taking good care of your veneers, they will last you for many years without showing signs of wear. We can check on your veneers at each of your checkup appointments to ensure that they are securely in place, and we can offer suggestions when it comes to caring for them each day.

If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, call our office today to schedule an appointment to come in for high-quality, individualized patient care.

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