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The difference between teeth whitening and porcelain veneers

You want to improve your smile. You want whiter teeth. To deliver the results you’re after we need to work out precisely what you want.

What is is about your smile you want to change? Is it just the colour you’re unhappy with, or is it the shape, length and position of your teeth?

If you're weighing up between teeth whitening or dental veneers, which option is best for you?

 

Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Zoom! Whitening is a fast, effective and relatively inexpensive way to brighten your smile. With this procedure, a concentrated whitening gel is placed on your teeth and activated with a light.

This treatment can provide dramatic results in only one hour, whitening your teeth by up to nine shades in the one visit. The effects of teeth whitening aren’t permanent, and depend on your intake of staining agents such as coffee, tea or red wine.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of your tooth. They can straighten, reshape, and whiten your smile. They can also close unattractive gaps in your smile and correct teeth that are cracked, chipped or worn.

Porcelain veneers can be completed in just two dental appointments. A thin layer of tooth may need removal to fit a veneer, but this is only around 0.3mm, or a fingernail in thickness. With good dental care, porcelain veneers can last upward 15 years.  

 

 

Teeth Whitening

Porcelain Veneers

PROs

Speed

Professional teeth whitening performed by one of our dental professionals can be completed in only one hour.

Cost

Teeth whitening is more economical than veneers, but the whitening effect needs to be maintained with repeat treatment over time.

Flexibility

Porcelain veneers are designed specifically to your teeth and smile, allowing you to correct the length, shape and colour of your teeth.

Durability

Porcelain veneers won't stain or discolour over time, and can last more than 15 years with proper care and maintenance.

CONs

Sensitivity

Even with all precautions taken, some people will experience minor tooth sensitivity after whitening treatment.

Limitations

Whitening isn't effective with all staining, and colour change isn’t always predictable. Whitening won’t affect the shape of your teeth.

Suitability

If you have broken down or missing teeth, more extensive treatment with crowns, dental implants or orthodontics may be needed.

Cost

The initial cost of porcelain veneers is significant compared to teeth whitening, but this is offset by the longevity of treatment.

 

 

In other words, if you're happy with the shape and position of your teeth and purely want to improve their brightness, professional teeth whitening may be your best option.

If you want a long-term solution to improve the length, shape, colour, and symmetry of your teeth, then porcelain veneers may be worth the investment.

Ultimately, your decision depends on your specific situation and desires. If you would like advice on the options best suited to you, feel free to make an appointment to chat with one of our Profilo° Dentists.