I have four porcelain veneers which are in good condition. However, the teeth that are on either side of them are stained. This is making my nice veneers look fake. If I used Crest Whitestrips to whiten my natural teeth, would it harm my porcelain veneers? If so, is there a different solution for my problem?
I wish your dentist had whitened your teeth before providing your porcelain veneers. That is the standard procedure and would have saved you this embarrassment with your smile and current inconvenience. However, that is water under the bridge and we have to go from your current situation. While Crest Whitestrips will not harm your porcelain veneers, I do not think it will be the solution you are looking for.
First, the Whitestrips only will reach your first six teeth. With four of your teeth veneered, only the two adjacent teeth will receive any whitening gel. It is, of course, possible for you to use two strips, one on each side of your porcelain veneers, but that is double the Whitestrips. In addition, they are not very strong at all so it will take you significantly longer.
My suggestion is that you have your dentist make you some custom-made teeth whitening trays. He can even make them where they will not even touch your veneered teeth. The gel will be significantly stronger, which will save you time and money getting your smile the way you want it.
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