I have four porcelain veneers. They’re fine, but my teeth that are next to them are showing their age. I guess I should have gotten more veneers but they are so expensive. Is it possible to whiten my teeth now that I have porcelain veneers or will it damage them? I was thinking of getting those Crest Whitestrips.
You would have been better served if your dentist had advised you to whiten your teeth before he placed your porcelain veneers. The fact that he didn’t, tells me he either doesn’t have your best interest at heart or he doesn’t have a very good understanding of how cosmetic dentistry works.
However, it isn’t too late. You can still whiten your adjacent teeth. Teeth whitening will not damage your porcelain veneers. It only works on natural tooth structure. You’re fine there. As far as over the counter teeth whitening goes, Crest Whitestrips are pretty much the only ones I would recommend. They will work, albeit much more slowly than professional teeth whitening. This is because anything over the counter is not permitted to be as strong as the gel handled by medical professionals. This is for the safety of the public.
That being said, there are a couple of things you need to be made aware of. First is that it will only cover the front six of your teeth. That will mean only two of your adjacent teeth will whiten. You could cut them in half or wear two with one on each side of your porcelain veneers.
My suggestion is if you are going to whiten your teeth, you do it right. The number of Whitestrips you would have to use in order to get the level of whitening to match your veneers would not really make it financially worth it to you, especially given the inconvenience and mess of using them.
Your dentist can make custom-fitted trays that will whiten your teeth in comfort. They can even make them to work around the porcelain veneers.
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