Almost everyone desires a white smile. Psychological research shows that many people associate bright, white teeth with attractiveness and vitality. Professional teeth whitening treatments and porcelain veneers are great options for improving one’s smile.
If you want as white a smile as possible, your dentist will likely whiten your teeth before placing veneers. This is done because once veneers are bonded in place, the front surfaces of treated teeth cannot be whitened.
Although porcelain veneers are very resistant to stains, it is still important for patients to protect their smile enhancements. Following are helpful ways to get the most out of your cosmetic treatments.
Whitening Before Your Veneers
Receiving a teeth whitening treatment before your porcelain veneers are placed is the best bet for ensuring that your smile is as white as possible from the beginning. Placing porcelain veneers is a cosmetic treatment that involves bonding custom, tooth-shaped enhancements over the front sides of teeth. Once veneers are bonded, they can’t be whitened because porcelain does not respond to teeth whitening treatments.
Professional teeth whitening treatments utilize prescription-grade formulas that can lighten deep permanent stains without damaging teeth. A whitening treatment from our dentist is effective and safe.
Use a Straw
Once you receive your veneers, you should drink with a straw. Drinking straws help push liquids to the back of the mouth so that stain-causing particles don’t coat the surfaces of teeth. Even though porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, the backs of teeth can still become stained. Additionally, using a straw is beneficial for protecting veneers from the dangers of chewing or biting down on ice cubes.
Practice Vigilant Oral Hygiene
Your oral hygiene routine will protect your teeth and veneers. Brushing and flossing helps keep plaque accumulation under control. An abundance of plaque can make teeth dull and yellowed. Plaque also contributes to tooth decay and the surfaces of teeth under veneers can develop decay.
If you have questions about your cosmetic dentistry treatment options like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, call our team at Fresh Leaf Dental to reserve a smile makeover consultation.