Your smile is your greeting card to the world, and it's so important to keep it healthy — and thus beautiful. Veneers are just one way to make your smile shine, making you feel confident. Over time, however, you might notice that your veneers are changing color. And you may be wondering if you can whiten your veneers or how to whiten your veneers. In this article, we'll explore some answers.
Can You Whiten Veneers?
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How do Veneers Become Discolored?
When you get veneers, it can be exciting to have a lovely white smile. But what happens if they start to change color? What are some of the causes behind this change?
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers don't become stained or discolored, but the same isn't true for composite resin veneers. Surface stains may develop on your veneers after exposure to drinks like tea, coffee, or red wine.
Can You Whiten Veneers?
If you're wondering how to whiten your composite veneers, you may be tempted to try an at-home whitening treatment. Unfortunately, composite resin doesn't respond well to whitening. The American Dental Association explains that this is just one reason why it's always a good idea to talk to your dentist before whitening your teeth.
Even though you can't whiten composite resin veneers, that doesn't mean you can't improve the way they look. Professional dental cleanings can help remove surface stains. Consult with your dental professional to offer at-home cleaning tips and a professional dental cleaning schedule tailored to your specific needs. If your veneers are significantly discolored, your dentist may recommend replacing them.
Caring For Your Veneers
As is often the case with dental hygiene, sustained care can make a huge difference. To prevent stains, it's essential to take care of your veneers the way you would take care of your enamel. Try to steer clear of color-saturated foods and drinks that could lead to staining. This includes beverages like coffee and tea and foods like curry, pasta sauce, berries, and balsamic vinegar.
That said, if you don't want to give up your daily cup of joe — mornings can be challenging, we know! — brush your teeth afterward with a toothbrush. If you're not at home and don't have access to your toothbrush, rinse with water after enjoying your beverage to help prevent stains.
We all want to do what we can to make our smiles look and feel good, and veneers can give us so much confidence. That's why it's important to take care of them. To prevent discoloration as much as possible, try to avoid food or drinks that could stain your veneers, brush your teeth regularly, and don't forget to see your dentist for professional cleanings. Even as you follow these steps, remember to enjoy your veneers and smile proudly!
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