I want to whiten my non-veneered teeth since they have become yellow since I got porcelain veneers on my front teeth. Will I cause damage to the veneer if I use over the counter teeth bleaching products? There is a noticeable difference between my natural teeth and the veneers and I want to make them match.
– Carla from Texas
When dealing with over-the-counter products, the only one that I can recommend is Crest Whitestrips or another similar imitation product. I would only recommend this product under limited circumstances. There is enough peroxide in the gel that when affixed to the tooth with the strip, it will allow the peroxide to penetrate into the tooth.
This penetration is what whitens the teeth and since the strips allow the gel to remain on the tooth for a period of time, it can work.
Other items, like rinses or toothpastes are on the teeth for such a short time that they do not penetrate. There are some types of whitening products that contain acids that actually etch the surface of the tooth. The rough surfaces picks up a white pigment. All in all these types of products harm the teeth. They may provide a white look for the short term, but after some time passes they can become darker. What happens is that the enamel picks up more stains since it has been roughened. You’re worse off than when you started.
Crest Whitestrips are designed to cover the six front teeth, so this may not work well to whiten your natural teeth that have become discolored. You may be able to cover the specific teeth you want to be whitened by trimming them to fit. The Whitestrips whitening process is very slow since there really isn’t that much peroxide in them. That is the reason they can be sold over-the-counter. This method is quite expensive and over the long-run it may even be more expensive than going to the dentist to have your teeth bleached professionally.
Since you have already invested in beautiful porcelain veneers, I would recommend going into the dentist for teeth whitening. The level of peroxide used at the dentist is so much more powerful and effective than any over-the-counter product.
To answer your other question, the bleach in the over-the-counter product will not cause harm to your porcelain veneers. Although, there may be a slightly lighter look to them. This is coming from the tooth behind the veneer that will become whiter. Overall this method will not provide you with any kind of noticeable results.
This post was provided by Plano dentist Whitmore DDS.