A couple of years ago, I got Lumineers for my top teeth, but didn’t do anything to my bottom teeth. Now I want to bleach my teeth. I’m wondering what that will do to my Lumineers?
Matt from Idaho
This question is an illustration of what we often do for a smile makeover. We do Lumineers or porcelain veneers on the upper teeth, and then we bleach the bottom teeth. The results look great.
As far as your case, I’m not sure I understand your question. Do you want to bleach both your upper and lower teeth, or just the lowers?
If your upper teeth are now whiter because of the Lumineers and you just want to bleach the lower teeth to match, you should be fine. But if you want all your teeth to be whiter, you won’t be able to whiten the Lumineers. You’re kind of stuck with the color you have until you replace them. Bleaching the underlying teeth have an effect of the color of teeth that are covered with ordinary porcelain veneers—not a lot, but a little. But Lumineers tend to be kind of opaque, so any bleaching really won’t have a noticeable effect.
If you were beginning the process of getting porcelain veneers in our office, we would encourage you to pick the degree of whiteness that you want for the upper teeth rather than trying to match the shade to your lower teeth (unless, of course, your lower teeth were already the shade you wanted). If you are trying to pace your costs for treatment, you can get by with whiter upper teeth, and then go back later and bleach the lower teeth to match the shade of the upper teeth.
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