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Can You Whiten Your Veneers?

Can You Whiten Your Veneers?

A lot of people with veneers wonder whether it is possible to whiten them, especially when years of use begin to show on the veneers. No-one likes to walk around with discolored teeth and whitening is usually a thought on the mind of anyone finding themselves in such circumstances. The simple and short answer, however, is that, no, you should not whiten your veneers.

What Are Veneers?

A dental veneer is a wafer-thin custom-made shell or a layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite, placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth. They are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their size, shape, length, and color usually improving their appearance. Although dental veneers fall into the cosmetic dentistry category, the dentist may recommend veneers to solve an array of dental problems, including:

  • Discolored teeth: It is important to note that teeth discoloration may be caused by excessive fluoride, drugs, root canal treatment, etc.

  • Worn down enamel

  • Fractured, broken or chipped teeth

  • Misaligned, uneven and irregularly shaped teeth that may appear crooked

  • Small teeth that lead to gaps in between teeth

The Procedure for Getting a Veneer

If you have one or more of the conditions mentioned above, a visit to Dr. Adam Chapnick in Toronto is advisable. Usually, after a dentist recommends for you to get dental veneers, you will be required to make three trips to their office. These trips will be as follows:

1) Diagnosis and treatment planning:

The dentist will examine your teeth and make sure that veneers are the appropriate solution for you. They’ll discuss with you all the limitations involved.

2) Preparation:

Trimming of the enamel is done, and the dentist makes an impression of your teeth then takes it to the lab for your veneer to be constructed. It takes about 2-4 weeks, and within this time you will serve using temporary veneers.

3) Bonding:

This is where your permanent veneer is fixed. You may be required to take a follow-up visit later to check the response of your gums to the veneer.

WHY DENTAL VENEERS?

Dental Veneers Have a Lot of Advantages Including:

  • Give the teeth a natural appearance
  • Porcelain veneers are well tolerated by gum tissues
  • Can make darker teeth appear whiter
  • It’s a conservative approach to a changing a tooth’s color, and shape

However, They are Faced With Disadvantages Such As:

  • The process is permanent and irreversible
  • They’re expensive which may depend on a number of factors including fee by the cosmetic dentist, the location where treatment is done, type of dental insurance, the material used and the number of teeth being treated among others.
  • Cannot be repaired if they crack or chip

Now that you can’t whiten your dental veneers, there are lots of practices you can do to prevent your veneers from darkening. Although dental veneers do not require any special care, good oral hygiene like brushing and flossing are the key to maintaining the color of your veneers. Also, though porcelain veneers are resistant to stains, it is advisable to avoid foods and beverages that cause stains. Bearing in mind that veneers can’t be repaired when cracked or chipped, it is important that you avoid crushing and grinding habits. This can be achieved by avoiding the eating of hard foods and biting of nails.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

 

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

 

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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