Tooth Whitening or Dental Veneers – Which Should You Choose?
Make the best choice to beautify your smile
Even if you take care of your teeth, they are likely not as white as they used to be. Over time, teeth inevitably become discolored, and some people just have naturally darker teeth. Luckily, you don’t have to live with a smile that you are embarrassed to show off because there are ways to restore the bright white luster of your youth. Learn about the pros and cons of tooth whitening vs. dental veneers and pick the option that works best for you.
- Speed – Tooth whitening treatments administered by a dentist only takes about an hour to complete, and depending on the shade you want to achieve a single treatment may be all that it takes. The produce is also a lot less invasive than having dental veneers installed
- Cost – The cost of a tooth whitening treatment can be as little as a few hundred dollars. That is more expensive than at-home treatments, but a lot less expensive than dental veneers.
- Irritation – Tooth whitening treatments use a powerful bleaching agent to brighten your teeth. Precautions are taken to protect your gums from this agent, but some people still experience minor gum irritation or increased tooth sensitivity.
- Limitations – Tooth whitening tends to be effective for people who have yellow shaded teeth, but less effective for people with brown or gray shades. Also, the treatment only works on natural teeth, not on crowns, fillings, or bonding materials.
- Options – Dental veneers are crafted for each patient individually, meaning that you can actually choose the shade and tone you want your teeth to eventually have . Tooth whitening using bleach does not give you this kind of flexibility.
- Durability – Dental veneers are very stain resistant, meaning that the foods and drinks that will cause your tooth whitening treatment to fade will not affect your dental veneers. Dental veneers can also last up to 20 years when properly maintained.
- Eligibility – Not all patients will be able to safely have dental veneers installed. Those with damaged or weakened teeth or that suffer from severe oral heath conditions will likely be disqualified.
- Cost – The upfront cost of dental veneers is significant. And in the rare event that the veneers are damaged, repairing the damage can further add to the cost.
Tooth Whitening is Easy at The Happy Tooth
Have you decided which option is best for you or are you still trying to make up your mind? Either way, the team at The Happy Tooth is here to help you evaluate your choices and handle whichever procedure you select. Make an appointment at the office nearest you.