What is the difference between veneers and teeth whitening?

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Noticed your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be?

You’re not alone. Years of drinking cups of coffee to get us through the day, the occasional red wine and smoking can wreak havoc on your once pearly whites. But that doesn’t mean you need to cover up your smile.

Dentistry has advanced in amazing ways over the years and there are numerous ways to get back your smile and your confidence. Veneers and teeth whitening are two of the most popular choices today, as neither generally require invasive treatment.

What exactly are veneers and how are they applied?

Firstly, there are several types of veneers. Porcelain veneers – the most traditional type – cover your teeth, giving the appearance of a new, white tooth. This can require your teeth to be reshaped to fit the veneer onto the tooth without looking bulky. However, lumineer veneers, which are made from ultra-thin porcelain, can be placed straight onto the tooth with no adjustments required.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening is perhaps better known as a way of giving your smile a lift. There are countless whitening toothpastes on the market nowadays promising pearly whites in a matter of weeks. Dentistry clinics also offer teeth whitening. Dentists use strong hydrogen peroxide-based agents to remove stains and brighten teeth. As with lumineer veneers, this is a non-invasive treatment for fast results.

What are the benefits of veneers VS teeth whitening?

One key benefit of veneers compared with teeth whitening is that you have the freedom to choose your shade and brightness with veneers. With teeth whitening, there is less control over the overall outcome. Veneers also have other benefits. They can also fix chipped or cracked teeth and rectify

Unlike dental implants or veneers, teeth whitening does not have any other benefits aside from brightening up your smile and fixing any discolouration. It is a purely cosmetic treatment.

Are all veneers non-invasive?

In short, no.

There are several types of veneers and some require more invasive treatment than others. Lumineer veneers are the least invasive and are simply fixed to the existing tooth or teeth using an adhesive.

Traditional porcelain veneers require some reshaping of the tooth before being fixed. Composite veneers (made from composite resin rather than porcelain) lie somewhere in between and do not require a large part of the enamel to be removed.

Should I choose teeth whitening or veneers?

It is always recommended that you speak to a dental practitioner before booking a treatment as they may be able to help your decision. It is important to consider what you want from the result. Is it simply to have whiter and brighter teeth? Or are you worried about a chip or crack that you would like to cover-up?

Our specialist team provides a free initial consultation and examination to help determine the right treatment option for you.

To book a teeth whitening appointment, get in touch today.

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