If you’re thinking about teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, you might be confused as to which option is best. Here’s a quick rundown of each procedure so you can decide:
What does teeth whitening do?
Teeth whitening can lighten your teeth by up to eight shades in a single visit to the dentist. The dentist will apply a precisely formulated hydrogen peroxide-based gel to your teeth for as long as directed during this session. There are many tooth bleaching and whitening gels on the market today.
For example, Saratoga Dentistry uses Opalescence Boost and KoR Whitening bleaching products since we want to provide our patients with options that would allow patients to reach their whitening goal with the best and most lasting results possible, without discomfort.
The bleaching gel is exposed to activating light, allowing peroxide to permeate the teeth thoroughly. This procedure is completed three times before leaving with a significantly more brilliant smile.
Teeth whitening is most effective for stains that have developed over time due to red wine, coffee, tea, or other intensely colored meals and beverages.
Dental prostheses, such as crowns, bridges, and veneers cannot be whitened.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Do?
Porcelain veneers are shell-like prosthetic coverings that cover natural teeth to repair a variety of dental issues, such as:
- Discoloration caused by medications, illness, or genetics
- Teeth that are misshapen or worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or cracked
- Teeth that are uneven or slightly misaligned
- Teeth with small gaps
In as few as two visits, severely damaged teeth can be transformed into a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth for comparison, and the teeth that will be veneered are prepared.
The dentist will secure the veneers to your teeth after your second visit (about two weeks later), and you’ll be on your way with a gorgeous smile!
Combining Teeth Whitening and Porcelain Veneers
If you have both discolored teeth and structural damage, you may be able to whiten your teeth before replacing them with new veneers. This approach is the most cost-effective technique for correcting a smile with external discoloration and other cosmetic concerns.
Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist
Your teeth must be in good shape before undergoing aesthetic treatments like whitening or veneers. If you have a decent but flawed smile and live in Saratoga, call Saratoga Dentistry right now. A phone consultation might help you achieve the smile of your dreams!