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FAQ:  Porcelain Veneers

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My daughter had two veneers done next to her two front teeth. The veneers turned greyish. IS there any way she can whiten them without having them removed? It is painful and expensive to remove them. She is getting married in May and would like something done before the wedding ...Visitor from NJ

Unfortunately porcelain veneers once placed can not be lightened or bleached. Fortunately porcelain should never discolor. If the cement bond to the natural tooth underneath is "leaking" it may discolor but this is unusual.

More likely these veneers are resin or bonding and not porcelain. In this case the staining could possibly be polished out or resurfaced.

To give you a certain answer someone skilled in cosmetic dentistry should evaluate the area to let you know your options. It would be a shame for the wedding photos to have these "dark teeth" if they could be fixed/changed...before the wedding.

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