If you’ve had veneers placed a long time ago (15-20 years ago), there’s a small chance that you might be noticing some signs of wear and tear. If so, there’s no need to fret—our cosmetic dentists at the Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts have the solution for you!
Signs of veneers wear and tear
When patients experience wear and tear, this means that their veneers can become dull, or that your underlying tooth (your natural tooth that your veneer is placed on) can become darkened or discolored over time. Your tooth, and/or the bonding cement around the edges of your veneer, can become darkened for several reasons, including tobacco use, and consuming dark-colored beverages (red wine, colas, etc). This discoloration, in turn, detracts from the natural beauty of your veneers.
These signs of wear and tear can be quite bothersome to patients. If you experience such signs, you might be wondering if it’s possible to whiten your veneers. Well, actually, in these cases, Dr. Smallwood recommends redoing your veneers, and not whitening your veneers.
Why shouldn’t I whiten my veneers?
Whitening is not recommended because:
- Using at-home teeth whitening products for your veneers is simply not effective. Your veneers are stain-resistant, so when you try to whiten them using a whitening gel or similar product, your veneers won’t show much positive aesthetic change (that is, if any positive change is noticed at all). Whitening something that is already stain-resistant won’t produce positive results.
- Using whitening products on your veneers can actually damage your veneers, potentially producing more unattractive veneers than before whitening. Furthermore, whitening your porcelain veneers might have adverse effects, and cause the opposite result—a much more dull appearance compared to how your veneers looked before whitening.
Dr. Smallwood can redo your veneers!
If you would like your veneers to look whiter, Dr. Smallwood encourages you to replace your veneers. In doing so, we can choose your new shade of white, and make other changes, too, if necessary. Once again, you have the opportunity to help determine which shade of white best suits your smile!
So, as you can see, there are definitive reasons why you should not whiten your veneers. If you’re experiencing signs of wear and tear with your veneers, come see Dr. Smallwood and he will make recommendations on how to fix your veneers. So whether or not you’ve had your veneers placed by Dr. Smallwood or another dentist, he is more than happy to redo your veneers so you can once again enjoy your gorgeous, new smile!