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Teeth Whitening or Veneers? That is the Question

February 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dsprings @ 4:00 pm
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Having perfectly white, shining teeth has become an essential part of today’s beauty standards and can be seen everywhere from models to movie stars. If your smile is stained, it can leave you feeling self-conscious or like you don’t quite measure up. Fortunately, your dentist can help with cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. How do you know, though, which treatment is best for you? Keep reading to learn more about each option so you can make an informed decision!

Treatment #1: Teeth Whitening

One of the simplest and most efficient ways to brighten your smile is with teeth whitening treatments. While you may feel tempted to pick up one of the many over-the-counter options, you might come to regret it. These commercially available products often contain more abrasive bleaching agents that can cause tooth sensitivity.

Fortunately, your dentist has access to professional-grade solutions that can get more accurate results without discomfort. A single, in-office application can lighten your grin up to eight shades. If you don’t have the time, you can request a take-home kit using the same high-quality ingredients. They’ll even provide trays custom-fitted to your teeth for the most efficient results from the comfort of your own home.

This method is perfect for removing years’ worth of surface stains. If your teeth have internal discoloration due to genetics, prescription medications, or medical conditions, however, then you may need porcelain veneers, instead.

Treatment #2: Porcelain Veneers

Your dentist can use porcelain veneers to mask a variety of aesthetic flaws in your grin, including stains and splotches. They are thin, ceramic shells that are bonded to the front surface of your tooth to hide imperfections. Because they’re color-matched to your natural teeth, no one can tell the difference. Plus, they’re finished with a glaze durable enough to resist staining and chipping, so they shield the underlying tooth from additional harm.

For your dentist to line them up correctly against your gums, however, they need to first remove a small amount of enamel. This protective layer doesn’t grow back, meaning that your teeth will be permanently altered, and you’ll need veneers to keep them safe. If you’re not ready for this level of commitment, then this may not be the best option for you.

Ultimately, only your dentist can provide appropriate recommendations for improving your appearance while maintaining your oral health. They’ll examine your mouth first and make suggestions based on their findings.

Working with a skilled expert is the best way to safely brighten your teeth to the desired hue. Whichever way you decide, you’ll soon be able to show off the sparkling smile you deserve!

About the Author

Dr. Shandy Condie has more than 20 years of experience helping patients feel better about themselves by improving their dental condition. She earned her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and achieved her M.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts. She then received her D.D.S. from the Creighton School of Dentistry and has since completed courses in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She provides a full range of services, including teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, so no matter your needs, she can help. You’re welcome to request a consultation on the website or by calling (480) 279-3100.

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