Can a cosmetic dentist darken my porcelain veneers, or am I stuck with them? I got the veneers in 2021. I did the try-ins before the lab made the permanent veneers, but the try-ins were not this white! When the permanent ones came in, I told my dentist that they were too white, but she said that they were the same color as the temporary ones and that I needed to get used to them. Two years later, people still ask me if the veneers are my natural teeth. I avoid the history and say Yes. My question is: Can a cosmetic dentist darken my veneers, or am I stuck with them? Thank you. Keanu from NJ
Keanu – We understand your concerns and self-consciousness about porcelain veneers that are too white.
Can You Darken Porcelain Veneers?
A skilled cosmetic dentist and lab cannot darken porcelain veneers because they are colorfast. While you have a try-in or temporary veneers, you can request adjustments, including color changes. After a ceramist makes the final veneers in porcelain, the color is permanent.
However, if you are uncomfortable with your veneers’ color and can afford to replace them, you can get new ones. Look for a prosthodontist or cosmetic dentist with advanced training. Cosmetic dentists have an artistic approach to designing your smile and will not be satisfied until it is perfect and exactly what you want.
San Antonio dentists Dr. Gilberto Tostado and Dr. Karina Acuña sponsor this post.