Zoom Whitening Work on Porcelain Veneers?

If you have porcelain veneers on two front teeth, can you use the Zoom teeth whitening? If not, is there anything one can use to whiten all of the teeth?

Doctor Answers 5

Trays allow control

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Are the 2 veneers already whiter then the adjacent teeth? If this is the case using the tray method of bleaching will allow you to control the final color and match the adjacent teeth to the veneers. If the teeth match the veneers and you want whiter teeth bleaching the adjacent teeth first then replacing the veneers would occur.

Chicago Dentist

Whitening options if you already have veneers

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Hopefully, I have good news for you.

If you have veneers on your 2 front teeth and want to whiten your smile, you may be successful using custom trays. Place the gel in the trays normally (so that the gel will touch the front surface of the teeth) for all teeth except the 2 front teeth. Place the gel so that it will touch the back of the 2 front teeth.

Veneers cover the front of the teeth and your natural tooth surface is still exposed on the back. The gel will enter the tooth through the natural tooth surface and whiten from the inside-out. The whiter underlying tooth should make the veneers appear whiter as well. I prefer using custom trays for this procedure because you can take small steps and if the neighboring natural teeth begin to get too white, you can try whitening only the 2 front teeth for a while. With Zoom, you may end up with a more uneven result.

Zoom whitening w/previous dental work

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Whitening procedures will not whiten previous dental work such as bonding, crowns, and veneers. If your veneers currently perfectly match your teeth then whitening may not be a good idea.  However if the veneers are whiter than the rest of your dentition, then whitening is suggested.


Peter Mann DDS

Peter Mann, DDS
Manhattan Dentist

Tray Whitening vs. ZOOM

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ZOOM is great if you don't have a lot of time to fiddle with tray whitening. When getting ZOOM laser whitening the shades can get whiter over a 24 hour period, so matching the shades of your natural teeth and your veneers becomes harder. You can have custom made trays, and you can use products like Day White (1/2hr in tray) or Nite White to wear while sleeping. If your veneers are already a dark shade and you want to make your teeth whiter, ZOOM would be a great instant result, then have the veneers redone to match your new shade.

Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, DMD
New York Orthodontist

Zoom Whitens natural teeth only

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If you have porcelain veneers that are lighter than the surronding natural teeth, you can whiten the natural teeth to match. The doctor should monitor the color cfhange after each cycle of Zoom. If your veneers are darker than your natural teeth, consider zoom first and then changing your veneers

Jennifer Jablow, DDS
New York Dentist

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