Can You Whiten Teeth With Veneers


There’s a reason why dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments worldwide. A quick, easy fix for a range of dental problems, veneers can give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in just a few short visits to your dentist.

They’re thin, porcelain shells that are bonded to the surfaces of your teeth, and they can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. If you’re like most people, then you probably think of veneers as a way to get whiter teeth. And while this is one of the many benefits of dental veneers, they can also be used as a cosmetic solution to fix minor imperfections or improve your smile’s overall appearance. So if you’re interested in getting veneers, keep reading to learn more.

Does Teeth Whitening Work on Veneers?

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To brighten your smile, you should first have your teeth whitened. We do not suggest using conventional whitening treatments on veneers as if they were natural teeth. This is because dental restorations like veneers could be whitened with a teeth whitening treatment. However, they can change the colour of your real teeth, resulting in an unevenly coloured smile.

If you have restorations or veneers, your natural teeth may change colour years after they are installed. People may notice that their teeth no longer match the veneers or other restorations they have had for a long time. Even if you whiten your teeth to match the restorations, it doesn’t always work out the same way. In these cases, the best thing to do is to get the veneers or other dental work replaced and have whitening done simultaneously.

Dental Problems that Veneers Can Fix

Here's how to keep your veneers white and clean

  • Dental Hygiene:
    To maintain your gums healthy and prevent gum disease, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste and floss daily. Having active gum disease can leave a gap between your gums and your veneers if you have active gum disease.

  • Avoid smoking.
    Tobacco in cigarettes can discolour your teeth, making your cosmetic veneers seem less bright than they should.

  • Refrain from stain-causing food and drinks:
    Dental stains can be caused by dark pasta sauces, dark-coloured fruits, curries, soda, alcohol, coffee, and tea. The trick to keeping a white smile is to eat these foods in moderation.

  • Preventive care appointments.
    Professional cleanings by a qualified health practitioner not only preserve the healthy tooth structure, but the dentist may also assess your veneers to see whether they are still in good shape.

Veneers vs. Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening procedures accomplish precisely what their name implies: they whiten teeth. They are most effective in removing yellowing and stains produced by food and drink. With standard in-office whitening solutions, certain grey or brown discolourations are more challenging to remove. Veneers may be a better long-term solution for more stubborn stains. A patient may even select the precise shade of white they want for their teeth with veneers.

However, tooth whitening is only one of the many purposes for porcelain veneers. They can also correct problems, including chipped or fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and crooked teeth. They are custom-made shells that are shaped to hide or fix any imperfections.

The Causes of Discolouration of Veneers

  • Gum Recession:
    Your gum line will start to recede as you get older. When this happens, food can get stuck in the gap. The adhesive that holds your veneers in place can be exposed and cause discolouration of the dental cement. While you cannot stop it, you can take steps to prevent it from getting worse.

  • Trauma:
    The thin porcelain shells of dental veneers can show any changes in the underlying tooth colour. The dentin could be damaged by dental trauma, which causes it to start aging faster, and you will probably notice discolourations, even through the dental veneer. You may want to discuss in-chair whitening options with your dental professional.

  • Veneer Material:
    Composite resin veneers are more porous and prone to discolouration and darkening. Consider replacing composite veneers with porcelain veneers since they will last a long time, giving you a whiter smile. Quality porcelain veneers also chip and crack far less frequently than composite material.

  • Diet:
    Frequent consumption of dark-coloured foods and beverages can cause discolouration over time.

How Do You Determine if You're a Candidate for Veneers?

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Someone who wants to improve the colour or shape of their teeth is an excellent candidate for dental veneers.
It is also suitable for someone who has minor cosmetic problems or has deep tooth staining. Furthermore, individuals considering veneers should have good oral health, healthy natural enamel, reasonably straight teeth, do not suffer from bruxism and follow a proper dental care regimen.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a way to whiten your teeth, consider getting veneers. They may be the best option for you if you don’t want to use bleach or if your teeth have stains that cannot be removed with other methods. Veneers are thin, porcelain-coated shells that fit over or around a tooth and customise each individual’s specific needs. They effectively cover stains and chips, so you don’t have any more worries about how your teeth look. 

If you live in the Ellenbrook area and would like more information about veneer treatments at Ellen Stirling Dental, please get in touch with us today at (08) 6185 0200. We can answer any questions you might have about this treatment.

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Dr. Rachit Shah


Dr. Rachit Shah

Dr. Rachit Shah has a caring and holistic approach to your healthcare. He brings a gentle and modern approach to dentistry; one aimed to create a painless and anxiety-free experience whilst using conservative methods to create long-lasting and highly aesthetic smiles.

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