If you have ever undergone tooth whitening treatment, you may have been pleased to find a whiter smile only moments after you sat in the dental chair. However, once you have had restorative dentistry, the outcome of teeth whitening changes dramatically.
Terry Bass, D.D.S., provides patients in and around Edmond with beautiful new smiles using porcelain veneers. If you underwent this cosmetic treatment, it is important that you understand the effects of teeth whitening on veneers. Call 405-622-8996 today.
Porcelain Veneers and Staining
Porcelain veneers retain their color exceptionally well, often resisting the staining effects of foods that your natural tooth enamel falls prey to. In many ways this is a positive truth, since it is an easy process to have your teeth whitened. However, porcelain veneers also resist the effects of teeth whitening agents, meaning that, if you whiten your teeth after you have had porcelain veneers matched to your tooth color, you may find that your porcelain veneers look too dark in contrast with the rest of your teeth.
There is no agent that can be used to effectively whiten your porcelain veneers once they are placed, and the cement used to bond your porcelain veneers to your teeth can even affect the outcome color of your porcelain veneers. While porcelain veneers may respond slightly to teeth whitening in some instances, the outcome cannot be predicted or counted on.
Whitening Your Teeth before Porcelain Veneers
The best option to achieve uniform whiteness across your natural teeth and porcelain veneers is to have your teeth whitened before you have your porcelain veneers color matched to the enamel. All teeth have some amount of tint to them, often yellow, blue or gray, but whitening your teeth before applying porcelain veneers can create the best possible result if you decide to whiten your teeth again later.
Because porcelain veneers are very stable, they can create a beautiful smile that compliments your mouth size and face shape, and can even protect your teeth from wear and damage in the future. But choosing the right shade of porcelain veneer depends on your having a clear understanding of teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. If you are uncertain whether you should have your teeth whitened before you receive porcelain veneers, simply ask Dr. Terry Bass for his recommendation.
Please contact Dr. Terry Bass today by phone at 405-622-8996 or online to learn more about teeth whitening and the options available to you. Dr. Bass welcomes patients throughout the Oklahoma City area, including Edmond, Norman, lawton, and more.