Having a bright and healthy smile is important for everyone, as it improves self-esteem and contributes to our overall health and well-being. cosmetic dental procedures can correct any minor defects you have, like chipped or cracked teeth, discoloration, or big gaps in between the teeth.
Veneers are one of the most popular choices when you want aligned, straight, and smooth teeth.
But, if you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, can you get a whitening treatment if you have veneers? Let's find out!
Veneers are thin wafers made of porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth, giving them a pleasant appearance. To bond the veneers to your teeth, the dentist will have to remove a thin layer of your natural enamel, which is why veneers are a permanent solution.
The lifespan of veneers is about 10-15 years, after which they can get damaged or discolored. But this doesn’t mean that you can remove them and keep the natural teeth exposed. Because the enamel was already removed, you will have to get a new set of veneers.
The porcelain material the veneers are made of doesn’t respond to whitening treatments, unfortunately. If you only have veneers on some of the teeth, whitening the adjacent teeth will result in two different shades, which can be unpleasant.
However, the appearance of veneers can be improved in case they get stained. Your dentist can polish them and apply gentle treatments that won’t damage the veneers, but the whitening won’t be too dramatic.
If you want a spectacular whitening result, do a whitening treatment on your natural teeth before getting the veneers. This way, when the veneers are made, they will match the color of your already whitened teeth.
After getting veneers, it’s important to keep good oral hygiene and avoid prolonged exposure to staining foods and drinks like tea, coffee, berries, red wine, or even tomato sauce. If your veneers have changed their appearance too much, or if you do want a brighter smile and you didn’t get to whiten your teeth before the veneers, you can discuss replacing your veneers with your dentist.
Replacing your veneers is a common procedure and it’s similar to the initial process. The dentist will remove the bonding agent and repeat the initial procedure of taking a mold of your teeth and creating new veneers, which will be brighter, new, and pristine.
For any cosmetic dental procedures, contact Modern Bite Dentistry. Dr. Shahriela Ganjoor and her team have years of experience making smiles beautiful and will help you choose the best options for your teeth.
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