Can You Whiten Dental Veneers?

People generally assume that dental veneers have the same characteristics as our real teeth. That can be true when it comes to restoring the appearance of teeth, but there are major differences between these dental prosthetics and real teeth.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are a shell of porcelain or resin made to fit over the front of teeth in order to improve their appearance. They are popular with people looking for a perfect smile. People often assume that once they get veneers and start feeling confident about their new natural smile, it will stay that way forever, but it is sadly not true.

While veneers are often made out of stain-resistant materials, they can be susceptible to staining over time, especially if they are made from composites. Research shows that porcelain veneers do not get discolored or stained easily, but those made from composite resins do.

These composites are more susceptible to the same staining that real teeth are. It is often noticed that stains appear on the surface of veneers after regular consumption of drinks like tea, coffee, wine, etc. Also, smokers are likely to develop a yellowish to brownish stains on their veneers.

Some people start looking into home remedies that can whiten their veneers. The truth is that these prosthetics do not respond well to most homemade solutions. It is best to consult a dentist once stains or discoloration are noticed.

Whitening dental veneers

While it is difficult to whiten veneers, their appearance can be improved when they become stained. Professional cleanings can help remove and reduce some stains from the surface of veneers. If the veneers are extremely stained and discolored, the dentist might decide it is better to replace them.

It is well known that prevention is better than cure, and that old saying holds true in this case. It is important to take proper care of veneers, just like one looks after natural teeth. People with veneers should try staying away from colored foods and drinks that could stain the veneers. This includes drinks with powerful coloring agents like coffee, tea and wine. The wearer also needs to make sure they floss their teeth regularly. Developing healthy oral hygiene habits is necessary to maintain the condition of veneers.

While veneers become an integral part of a person's appearance, proper care and precautions should always be taken to ensure these devices stay in good condition. Refraining from habits that will stain them, brushing teeth regularly and visiting the dentist twice a year are minor steps a person can take to ensure they get the most out of their veneers.

There is no need to be unhappy with the condition of your veneers. If you have stains and discoloration, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists and explore your options.

What are you waiting for?

Request an appointment in our Irving dentist office here: https://dentalartistryirving.com.

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Learn More About the Process of Getting Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers are the revolutionary solution people are using to get a brilliant and preferred smile. With the help of dental veneer technology, people are able to address significant issues like stains on their teeth, chipped teeth, all other kinds of damage to their teeth, and even address issues of mild malocclusion or crooked teeth.  We encourage you to visit our office to find out if it is the right solution for you.

The Process

Once you decide you want to correct your crooked or stained smile with dental veneers, there are several different procedures you will need to review. We can place most dental veneers within two office visits. Thus, we will be covering a great deal of ground when you come in to discuss your dental veneers.

The initial consultation in a treatment planning session and the first step you will take in preparing to receive dental veneers to radically improve your smile. We encourage you to come with your hopes and goals so we can set the expectation and ensure that we are working toward them.

What you need to know

Getting dental veneers is a big step that many people take with a level of hesitancy. While they want to get a perfect smile, they are afraid of the process, the procedure and the permanent effects on the teeth. It is for this reason that we take the first consultative appointment to go over all your goals, answer any questions and allay any fears you may have about dental veneers.

We will also be discussing your goals at length and what you hope to achieve by having dental veneers placed. In order to make sure your teeth will be receptive, we will complete an examination to ensure the dental veneers are the appropriate treatment for you. We will also discuss any limitations that may potentially arise because of your particular situation.

During the course of the initial consultation, we will be taking X-rays and getting an impression of your teeth as well. Once we're done with the initial consultation, we can start preparing your teeth for the veneers.

What comes next

In order to prepare your teeth for the dental veneers, we will need to remove about a half of a millimeter of enamel from the teeth suffice. This is roughly the same thickness as the veneer that will go on the tooth surface. We will use local anesthesia to numb the area before removing any enamel.

Following this, we will be taking a model, or impression, of the tooth and sending this to a laboratory that will custom fabricate your brand new veneers. It typically takes between one and two weeks for the lab to return your custom fabricated dental veneers to us so during this time you will wear a temporary set.

Once we have the dental veneers in hand, we can start the process of matching, comparing, and bonding the dental veneer permanently to your tooth. This process typically takes a few hours, but at the end of it, you will be leaving with a perfectly crafted smile.

Request an appointment in our Irving dentist office here: https://dentalartistryirving.com.

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