Teeth Whitening vs. Veneers: Which Is Best for You?

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Do you struggle to smile confidently because your teeth have a yellow tinge? If so, you’ll be happy to know that there are several cosmetic dental treatments that can restore your bright, white smile. Two of the most popular are teeth whitening and veneers, but how are they different? And, perhaps more importantly, how do you know which one is better for you? Read on for some helpful information on the topic!

The Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments aren’t just incredibly effective, they also:

  • Lighten your teeth up to eight shades in a single visit – With in-office treatments, your teeth will be noticeably whiter after just one appointment. Take-home options are also available, which are equally as effective but allow you to achieve the results you desire from the comfort of your own home.
  • Are non-invasive – In short, the safe, powerful whitening agents remove stubborn stains without altering your teeth in any way.
  • Have a lower upfront cost – Teeth whitening is more mid-range in terms of price. However, the results can last for several months with proper care, which makes this treatment more cost-effective.

The Benefits of Veneers

Veneers come with numerous benefits as well. A few noteworthy ones include:

  • They correct multiple imperfections at once – From small chips to severe stains, veneers can address several dental flaws at once.
  • They address permanent discoloration – With thin shells of porcelain, veneers can help patients who are struggling with permanent discoloration as well.
  • The results can last for 10+ years – Studies have shown that veneers can last for well over a decade. Many patients have enjoyed theirs for more than 20 years!

So, Which One Is Best for Me?

Ultimately, the decision of which cosmetic dental treatment is right for you will be decided by you and your dentist. At your consultation, you’ll share your concerns with your existing smile as well as the qualities your dream one has. Your dental team will also conduct an oral exam to ensure that no oral health issues are present. From there, they will share their recommendations based on your smile goals. For example, if you want to whiten your teeth and address minor misalignment, then veneers might be the best solution. On the other hand, if you’re only concerned with dental discoloration and you don’t like the permanency of veneers, then teeth whitening may be more ideal!

About the Practice

With seven talented dentists at our office, you can turn to our team at Pelican Landing Dental for all of your dental needs and smile goals! If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, then we encourage you to schedule a consultation so we can learn more about your dream smile and review all of the available treatment options. To schedule your appointment (or to ask our team a question), visit our website or call (239) 899-6707.