Veneers are extremely versatile and can help fix a variety of cosmetic issues, from stains to chips and even cracks. If you've recently gotten veneers and now flaunt a gorgeous smile, you may be curious how to best care for them. For example, can you whiten them if they get stained?
Here's what you should know.
How Veneers Work
Veneers are custom-made shells fitted on the surface of your natural teeth. Keep in mind that the dentist will have to trim down your natural teeth to be able to fit the veneers. That means that your teeth will be exposed without these shells and you always have to wear your veneers to protect them. If your veneers get damaged, for example, you will need to replace them.
The great thing about veneers is that they are incredibly durable. Depending on the type of material you opt for, you can have them for ten years or even longer. Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant and will keep their color and brightens for longer than composite resin ones. However, porcelain veneers are quite expensive and in some cases composite veneers might be the more sensible option.
That said, veneers can also stain and lose their white and bright color in time. When that happens, you may wonder if it's possible to whiten them and improve your smile.
Can You Whiten Veneers?
Unfortunately, veneers can't be whiten. The material they are made from, be it porcelain or composite resin, doesn't respond to any whitening treatment - professional or at-home.
The best you can do if your veneers are really stained and are approaching the end of their life is to change them. You can also opt for teeth whitening before you have your new veneers fitted.
Maintenance Is the Best Way to Keep Your Veneers White
Knowing that you can't whiten veneers might be good news in disguise as it can make you more careful with their maintenance.
As we said, veneers are sturdy and stain resistant and with proper oral care you can prolong their lifespan and maintain their color and vibrancy.
Make sure to:
- Brush your teeth two times a day. Floss your teeth every night as even the best toothbrush can't reach in between your teeth and get all the food particles trapped in there.
- Use a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching your veneers.
- Visit your dentist in Tacoma every six months for professional cleanings. This way, the dentist will not only clean those hard-to-reach places, but also remove some surface stains.
- Don't use your teeth for opening packages, biting your fingernails, and so on.
- Be mindful when eating and drinking staining foods and beverages. Rinse your mouth after drinking coffee, red wine or after eating acidic foods.
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