The choice to get veneers is an exciting step towards that beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for. Porcelain veneers can correct crooked or uneven teeth in just two office visits.

While you’re improving the overall shape of your smile, you might have also been thinking about improving the color through teeth whitening. The question then is, should you whiten before getting veneers, after, or not at all?

The short answer is, it depends.

If you are getting 8-10 veneers on both the upper and lower teeth, then you should not get your teeth whitened, as no natural teeth will be showing.

However, if your smile will reveal both veneers and natural teeth, then teeth whitening is something to consider. The best way to achieve a whiter smile in this instance is to whiten teeth before getting veneers, because that shade of white will be used to find the right shade for your veneers. And once the porcelain veneer is bonded to the tooth, the veneer’s shade will not change.

This is one of the benefits of porcelain veneers, but it can also be frustrating as veneers do not respond to teeth whitening treatments. You are essentially “stuck” with the color of your veneers, so it should be a color that you’re comfortable with, and one that your other teeth can match easily.

What about whitening after veneers, you ask? Say you insist on getting veneers in a color that is your “goal” white shade. Trying to then whiten your natural teeth to match those veneers is futile, because you simply cannot bleach your teeth to match veneers. Whitening results are too unpredictable.

Another factor to consider in this decision is the number of veneers you are getting and where. The best option is for you to consult with Dr. Jue himself to find out what should be done to get the look you want.

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