We want to help you have the nicest smile possible, and we have the cosmetic dentists to make it happen. If you want to make your smile brighter and whiter, you essentially have two options: whitening or getting veneers. Both procedures will help to improve your smile; however which one to get will require thought and a discussion with your cosmetic dentist.
Teeth whitening essentially involves using a hydrogen peroxide based gel and concentrated light (lasers) to bleach your teeth white. The procedure is perfectly safe and is very quick, with a one hour session all it takes. As long as you take care of your teeth to a normal standard, the effect will last for two to three years before you need your teeth whitened again. Teeth whitening is very effective for minor stains associated with lifestyle factors, such as smoking or drinking coffee.
Veneers are a thin cover for your teeth, made from porcelain or resin. They are highly durable – they are more stain resistant than your natural teeth, as well as stronger – but take two to three visits to put on. If your teeth are slightly crooked or asymmetrical, or chipped or cracked, veneers will cover this up, in addition to completely hiding even the darkest discolouration.
So when deciding between teeth whitening and veneers, there are a few factors involved. The extent of the staining is the main one, as the bleaching procedure will not completely hide heavy stains. If you want to cover up other imperfections as well, veneers are also the better choice. However, whitening is a much faster and less intrusive procedure.
Essentially, subject to advice specific to you from your dentist, if you only have mild stains and aren’t worried about how your teeth look otherwise you should just get them whitened. If you have serious discolouration, however, or you also want your teeth to look straighter or more uniform, then you should opt for veneers.