What is the best way to whiten my porcelain veneers?

I had kind of a wild youth. I have made lots of changes in the past few years and my sweet mother has been there for me the whole time. She sent me to see a dentist since I haven’t been in for a cleaning in a long time. My teeth were so bad that the dentist did work I needed. He then suggested that I get porcelain veneers to fix my front teeth, to help them not be so crooked and to look better to get a job. My mom paid for them and they look better than they did before. Now that they have been on for a few months, I’d like to whiten them. I just want to make sure I do it the right way. What is the best way to whiten porcelain veneers?


Dear Mariah,

Teeth whitenedIt is great that you have made changes for the better in your life. Unfortunately, you will not be able to make changes for the better to your porcelain veneers. Whitening your teeth isn’t the same as whitening your veneers. Your porcelain veneers can’t be whitened once they are placed on your teeth.

How porcelain veneers are made

When you decide to get porcelain veneers, your dentist will match the shade of your new veneers to the teeth surrounding so your new teeth don’t stick out and look unnatural. The dentist sends the specs, along with the shade the new teeth should be, along to a ceramist to be made. The veneers are then made in the shape and shade the dentist specified.

If your dentist was experienced or really wanted you to have the smile you desired, he should have suggested that you whiten your teeth before you got your veneers. That way your new teeth could have been a whiter shade, matching the whiter teeth around. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t make sure you were completely happy with how your porcelain veneers were going to look before they were bonded on.

At this point, the only way to fix them is to basically start over. A good cosmetic dentist could carefully grind off the porcelain veneers you have had placed. He could then help you with new ones, but you would experience the cost again.

This post is sponsored by Baton Rouge dentist Dr. Ryan Perry.

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