It seems like my veneers have gotten slightly darker. Is there any way to go about whitening them? Please help! Thank you!
Is There Any Way to Whiten Veneers?
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Can I whiten my veneers?
If your veneers have actually gotten darker, than I assume that you had composite (plastic) veneers and not porcelain veneers. Today, porcelain veneers are extremely dense and smooth, making them very color stable. Rarely have I seen porcelain veneers that have darkened over time.
Sometimes there is a light stain on the surface, and the dentist or dental hygienist can polish that out. Sometimes the tooth looks darker because the underlying tooth has become darker. Teeth, contrary to porcelain veneers or crowns, can darken over the years. In those cases, one might try to bleach the tooth with tray bleaching, putting the bleaching gel on the back side of the tooth so that it can permeate through the tooth from the back side and whiten the part of the tooth that was veneered.
However, using bleach on the actual veneer, whether composite plastic or porcelain will rarely lighten the tooth's color to any degree.
You might consider replacing your old veneers with one of the newer, stronger and more attractive porcelain materials like EMax porcelain. These veneers are strong, long lasting and very color stable!
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You cannot whiten the veneers as the porcelain will not change color. If you want them whiter you would need to have them replaced.
Whitening Veneers Is Not Possible
Porcelain veneers will not change color and can't be bleached. If you feel that they have turned darker you either have leakage underneath the veneers or the natural tooth is turning dark under the veneers. Either of these caused can only be corrected by replacing the veneers. Good luck.
Porcelain Veneers: Can I whiten my veneers once they are in place
Is There Any Way to Whiten Veneers? - No, and that's usually a good thing.
In placing over 10,000 veneers, rarely have I encountered patients with damaged tooth structure behind the veneer, leading to color changes, but it does happen.
The more likely cause is the whitening of adjacent natural teeth, giving the appearance that the Porcelain Veneers are less white, although truly no change in color has actually occurred.
In my opinion, seek the advice of a dentist in order to evaluate all possibilities. Preferrably one that has extensive experience fabricating and placing veneers.
Best of luck,
James Asaf DDS
Can You Whiten Veneers?
If your teeth have darkened because the color of the cement has discolored you won't be able to whiten.
If your veneers started out dark you can not whiten them either.
if your veneers were white and your teeth are darkening, you can try whitening-talk to your dentist! Good luck!