Dental Veneers and Teeth Whitening: Do They Go Hand in Hand?

Dental Veneers and Teeth Whitening: Do They Go Hand in Hand?

Whiten Your Natural Teeth Perfected with Veneers
27 Jan 2020

Veneers are one of the most popular treatments in aesthetic dentistry. It is known by different names like porcelain veneers and dental porcelain laminates. Dr Asif Hamid, a renowned dentist associated with the Fitzroy Dental Practice in London, explains these are basically tailor-made, wafer-thin shells made from tooth-coloured materials. Veneers are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve their overall appearance.

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Veneers make you happy by gifting you a shiny, symmetrical smile. Veneers are made either of composite resin or porcelain. Composite resin is prone to pick up stains whereas porcelain is stain-resistant by nature. Thus, in course of time, you are likely to find your composite resin veneers getting discoloured.

Veneers discolouration

Surface discolouration on composite resin veneers can be largely prevented when you don’t consume popular beverages like tea, coffee and red wine. However, smokers are likely to notice brownish or yellowish discolouration on their veneer surface, which results from nicotine present in tobacco.

In addition to the factors mentioned above, the natural process of ageing also plays a role in discolouring your brilliant, shiny veneers. As you keep ageing, gum recession occurs. In simple words, your gum line pulls back a little revealing tiny brownish lines at the point where the tooth and veneers meet. 

Gum recession affects the glue line and creates unsightly lines on your otherwise perfect veneered teeth surface.

As your composite resin veneer gradually catches up yellowish stain, you are likely to be tempted to reverse the effect by using a home tooth whitening kit. But composite resin does not react well to this therapy. Teeth whitening products prove ineffective on composite resin veneers. As a result, the unsightly stains do not go away. Moreover, the whitening products are likely to brighten up the adjacent natural teeth. Unfortunately, you will end up with uneven colour on the front teeth and your smile.

Whitening your veneers

Let us get the hard-hitting fact first; it is not possible to whiten composite resin material. But you can definitely improve their appearance to a certain extent by taking proper care.

Professional cleaning is a tried and tested procedure to remove surface discolouration from composite resin veneers. An appointment with your dentist every 6 months proves helpful to keep your veneered teeth shiny and attractive for the future.

However, your dentist will recommend you to replace the veneers when they turn extremely discoloured. Usually, dental veneers made from composite resin have a life span of 6 years on average.

Teeth veneers in the older times were made of porous materials and thus, were more prone to pick up stains. Modern veneers treatments are much longer-lasting and offer greater value of one’s hard-earned money.

Maintenance tips for veneers

Proper care and maintenance prove helpful when it comes to stretching the life of your veneers. You must take care of your veneered teeth just the way you take care of your natural ones. Here are some effective tips to make the task of veneers maintenance easier.

  • Avoid certain foods and drinks that enable veneers to pick up stains easily.
  • These include tea, coffee, red wine, vinegar, pasta sauce and berries.
  • Carefully brush and floss the teeth right after having a cup of tea or coffee.
  • If brushing is not possible, make sure to rinse the mouth well with water to keep staining at bay.

Effective teeth whitening with veneers

At this stage, we will discuss some hacks that can give your veneered teeth an even whitening effect.

The most assured way is to undergo teeth bleaching first and then get fresh veneers that match with the hue of your bleached teeth.

However, this approach does not cater to people who already have veneers.

Try out bleaching trays DIY – careful use of bleaching trays prove effective but on the flip side, the teeth may not match with the colour of the veneers. Moreover, it takes lengthy time to the desired deliver result.

One of the best teeth whitening dentists in London suggests whitening both the natural teeth and veneers separately through Zoom 2 laser teeth whitening treatment. This procedure may require you to visit the dental practice multiple times so that you can get the desired results.


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