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What are the conditions for tooth composite whitening?

The question of most people who intend to use composite veneers is, is it possible to whiten composite teeth? If you are looking for a set of dental veneers to beautify your smile, you should consider which type of veneer is the best option for you. In this case, consider your aesthetic goals, budget, and expectations and then take action.

After choosing the right dental crown, you need to properly care for your newly repaired smile. Basic aftercare helps prevent discoloration, breakage, or damage to veneers. These cares will keep your veneers looking and feeling as beautiful as when they were first put on.

Throughout the day, we drink a variety of beverages and eat foods that may stain tooth enamel. Now the question is raised if the color change occurs in the dental composite, is it possible to whiten the composite veneers? Below, we will explain to you how to keep your composite teeth in great condition.

What is a composite veneer?

Dental crowns are shell-like caps that are placed over your natural teeth to improve the appearance, shape, and smile. Two types of veneers are currently available: dental laminates (ceramic veneers) and composite veneers.

Before veneers are applied, your teeth may need additional preparation. The dentist may need to shave your natural teeth to ensure that the veneers fit properly on your teeth and line up properly with your gums.

Composite veneers are made of resin materials. There are two types of composite veneers. First, we have direct composite veneers, in which the resin is applied directly to the teeth. This process is minimally invasive, quick, and cheaper than other options.

Indirect composite veneers are created outside the mouth in a laboratory or dental office. In this case, you will be given a set of temporary veneers until your permanent veneers are prepared. When the veneers are ready, they are applied to the teeth with glue. Indirect composite veneers are more durable than direct composite veneers, but the process is longer and usually more expensive. In general, composite veneers last about 2 to 5 years.

What is ceramic laminate?

These covers are made of porcelain. The dentist in Ottawa must take a mold of your teeth to prepare the dental laminate in the laboratory. Preparing these types of covers may take a week or more. So like indirect composite veneers, you will be given temporary veneers during this time.

Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers, but they have significant advantages. They offer a more natural appearance than resin veneers because porcelain reflects light like real tooth enamel.

Porcelain is also a more durable material than resin, so dental laminates last much longer than composite veneers. Composite veneers usually require regular replacement and maintenance because they are more prone to chipping, staining, and damage. Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or even longer, depending on how well you care for them.

While porcelain veneers take longer to make and use than composite veneers, they are worth the wait. These types of veneers are custom-made and are best for removing severe stains or misaligned teeth.

Do dental veneers change color?

When it comes to color quality, porcelain veneers are the best option. Porcelain veneers do not discolor over time because porcelain is a stain-resistant material. Many patients choose porcelain veneers for this reason. But unfortunately, resin does not have the same stain-resistance properties. Therefore, composite veneers may gradually change color. Superficial stains may appear on your composite veneers, especially if you regularly drink black coffee, tea, or red wine.

In general, we can say that composite veneers may change color for the following reasons:

  • Your age. The covering of our gums decreases as we age. If your gums recede as you age, you may notice that your natural teeth are exposed just above where the veneer ends. This can cause lines of brown discoloration where the crown joins the tooth.
  • Old covers. Composite veneers are less durable than porcelain veneers. Therefore, they may change color over time due to natural wear and tear.
  • Damaged teeth. If the inner tissue of the tooth is damaged, your natural tooth may become discolored. Tooth discoloration can cause your composite veneers to turn yellow.

Can you whiten the covers (composite and laminate)?

While your natural tooth enamel may respond well to the teeth-whitening process, the same cannot be said for veneers. Neither composite veneers nor porcelain veneers are suitable for whitening, and the last thing you might want is for your veneers to have an uneven color after whitening.

If you are experiencing discoloration in your dental veneers, visit your dentist and discuss your concerns with him. Professional teeth cleaning can help remove surface stains from veneers. If the veneers are severely discolored, they may need to be completely replaced.

Principles of care and keeping composite and laminate white

For dental composite post-care, good dental hygiene is essential to maintain the excellent condition of the veneers. Your dental care routine is just as important for veneers as it is for your real teeth. So, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also follow up with regular biannual dental checkups.

If you have composite veneers, avoid foods and drinks that tend to stain your teeth, such as red sauce, beets, berries, black coffee, and red wine. Be sure to brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth with water after eating. This can keep your dental composite white and help prevent staining and extend the life of your veneers.


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