Cosmetic Dentistry – Professional Teeth Whitening versus Porcelain Veneers

What is teeth whitening and who can benefit most from this cosmetic dentistry procedure?

These days there are so many commercials that talk about teeth whitening. Many products are offered that promise to take away tooth stains and strengthen teeth. Many patients have a difficult time determining the best cosmetic dental solution for their problems because there are so many choices available. The most common cosmetic dental treatments chosen are porcelain veneers and teeth whitening procedures. Both of these can whiten your smile, but how do you determine which is the best choice for your unique dental health? In order to determine which option to choose, you must look at the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option.

Teeth whitening uses a bleaching agent to lighten and brighten your teeth by bleaching stains and discoloration. Whitening techniques are highly effective at removing stains from the teeth. One thing that many do not realize is teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. It will whiten and brighten the smile, but it is considered a temporary solution. It will have to be repeated many times throughout one’s life.

As great as teeth whitening can work, certain individuals are not good candidates for teeth whitening. These include those with tooth decay, gum disease or poor oral hygiene. Tooth decay needs to be remedied before any type of tooth whitening system can be used. Sometimes adding a whitening agent on top of diseased gums can make the disease spread faster or cause pain for the patient. And if a patient suffers from deep tooth staining, these products will not provide optimum results.

What are porcelain veneers and who can benefit most from this cosmetic procedure?

Porcelain veneers are used to correct a number of cosmetic dental imperfections. Porcelain veneers are shells that are placed over the teeth. These cosmetic dental treatments alter the tooth and are often used when there is either severe staining or structural damage like chips, worn enamel or cracks in the teeth. This type of cosmetic dental treatment is considered a permanent solution for dental issues. Unlike teeth whitening, if someone gets veneers, they never have to get them whitened.

Just like teeth whitening products, porcelain veneers should not be used by those suffering from gum disease or tooth decay until the problems have been corrected. With both conditions there would have to be correction of the disease or decay and then, the porcelain veneers can be placed. If veneers are placed on top of diseased gums, they can exacerbate the situation and make the disease worse and by covering up tooth decay, the decay will continue and eventually cause immense pain for the patient.

Schedule an appointment today to discuss the different cosmetic procedures that are used to whiten and brighten your smile. Dr. Joseph Manfredi will answer all of your questions. At this appointment, the dentist will exam your teeth and gums and recommend the most conservative type of treatment that will provide you with the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of. Contact us today for an appointment.