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How do you whiten a porcelain veneer on your tooth?

22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kaveh Niknia
Dentistry
9 doctors agree

In brief: You Can't

A porcelain veneer is color stable, and unfortunately immune to conventional teeth whitening products.
If there are coffee or tea stains, they can be polished, but only a new veneer, with a brighter porcelain base, will make it whiter.

In brief: You Can't

A porcelain veneer is color stable, and unfortunately immune to conventional teeth whitening products.
If there are coffee or tea stains, they can be polished, but only a new veneer, with a brighter porcelain base, will make it whiter.
Dr. Kaveh Niknia
Dr. Kaveh Niknia
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to do

Porcelain itself will not whiten.
You can slightly whiten the neighboring teeth and that can give the illusion that your whole smile is a bit lighter. Have your dentist check to make sure your veneered tooth is not actually darkening because of a nerve/abscess problem.

In brief: Hard to do

Porcelain itself will not whiten.
You can slightly whiten the neighboring teeth and that can give the illusion that your whole smile is a bit lighter. Have your dentist check to make sure your veneered tooth is not actually darkening because of a nerve/abscess problem.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
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Dr. Tyler Williams
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Whiten First

Although the veneer will not whiten, the tooth behind it can.
I would recommend whitening with a profession gel before you consider a new veneer to lighten all of your front teeth if you haven't.

In brief: Whiten First

Although the veneer will not whiten, the tooth behind it can.
I would recommend whitening with a profession gel before you consider a new veneer to lighten all of your front teeth if you haven't.
Dr. Tyler Williams
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Dr. William Jakavick
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Whiten a veneer

How long has the veneer been on? There are ceramics available today in a vast array of shades.
Generally once a ceramic restoration is in place the only successful attempt to significantly lighten it would be replacement. What is the reason that the veneer appears to l\need lightening? This is also an important issue. Do you have other veneers? Need to see to tell what is best.

In brief: Whiten a veneer

How long has the veneer been on? There are ceramics available today in a vast array of shades.
Generally once a ceramic restoration is in place the only successful attempt to significantly lighten it would be replacement. What is the reason that the veneer appears to l\need lightening? This is also an important issue. Do you have other veneers? Need to see to tell what is best.
Dr. William Jakavick
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Dr. Ron E. Bell
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on your goal

A tooth with a veneer can be whitened if the veneer is translucent.
Some veneers and bonding techniques limit the ability to whiten due to material that limits color transmission. Replacement may be the solution. See a dentist with cosmetic experience.

In brief: Depends on your goal

A tooth with a veneer can be whitened if the veneer is translucent.
Some veneers and bonding techniques limit the ability to whiten due to material that limits color transmission. Replacement may be the solution. See a dentist with cosmetic experience.
Dr. Ron E. Bell
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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: You cannot

To change the color of a veneer it needs to be replaced.

In brief: You cannot

To change the color of a veneer it needs to be replaced.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dr. Mark Venincasa
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: 2 options

The porcelain itself cannot be changed to a different shade unless remade at the laboratory.
Sometimes they can pick up stain or plaque that can be polished off at your dentists office. Clearly i would recommend that first before remaking a veneer.

In brief: 2 options

The porcelain itself cannot be changed to a different shade unless remade at the laboratory.
Sometimes they can pick up stain or plaque that can be polished off at your dentists office. Clearly i would recommend that first before remaking a veneer.
Dr. Jonathan Hoffman
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Dr. George Ayoub
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Best way

Best way is to schedule for a cleaning porcelain can not be bleached if you are not happy with the color after cleaning , you need to replace the veneer.

In brief: Best way

Best way is to schedule for a cleaning porcelain can not be bleached if you are not happy with the color after cleaning , you need to replace the veneer.
Dr. George Ayoub
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Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry

In brief: Not easy

The porcelain veneer itself cannot be whitened, however if the veneer is thin enough, and shade is influenced by stump shade of your natural tooth behind the veneer, it may be possible to bleach the stump shade of the tooth, and ultimately the overall tooth shade will be whiter.

In brief: Not easy

The porcelain veneer itself cannot be whitened, however if the veneer is thin enough, and shade is influenced by stump shade of your natural tooth behind the veneer, it may be possible to bleach the stump shade of the tooth, and ultimately the overall tooth shade will be whiter.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
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In brief: Replace the veneer

Veneers are made from porcelain or ceramic.
You cannot change their color. This is why matching their proper shade is so important when the veneers are made. If you have decided to have whiter teeth, then you need to replace all the ceramic in your mouth. Bleach your teeth to the desired shade; wait a few weeks, then decide with your dentist how to match your veneers to your teeth.

In brief: Replace the veneer

Veneers are made from porcelain or ceramic.
You cannot change their color. This is why matching their proper shade is so important when the veneers are made. If you have decided to have whiter teeth, then you need to replace all the ceramic in your mouth. Bleach your teeth to the desired shade; wait a few weeks, then decide with your dentist how to match your veneers to your teeth.
Dr. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
Dr. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
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Dr. Alvaro Lazo
Dentistry

In brief: Impossible

You really need a new veneer.

In brief: Impossible

You really need a new veneer.
Dr. Alvaro Lazo
Dr. Alvaro Lazo
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