Teeth Whitening compared to Veneers

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We discuss the difference between porcelain veneers and another popular cosmetic procedure: take home and in-chair teeth whitening.

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments for celebrities and regular people alike. The smiles that were once only attainable by Hollywood’s elite are now easily attainable with the help of new ceramic technology and advancements in dentistry.

Teeth whitening or veneers?

Whenever porcelain veneers are brought up it’s hard not to bring up whitening as well. Most people ask the question – why not just get your teeth whitened rather than resort to veneers? Well there are a number of reasons for this and a number of differences between the two procedures. Today Bruce Stevens Dental in Cairns is going to discuss how veneers takes teeth whitening a step further for a full smile transformation.

Teeth whitening cannot hide crooked teeth

Teeth whitening is a great, rapid procedure if all you want is a whiter, brighter smile. However, if your cosmetic problems expand beyond the colour of your teeth then it is likely that you will benefit more so from veneers. Veneers can also help conceal partially crooked teeth. Now, it’s important to know that veneers is obviously never an alternative to braces, but they can help hide very minor crookedness in order to create the illusion of a perfect, symmetrical smile.

Teeth whitening can sometimes not achieve the same level of whiteness as veneers

As veneers are manufactured and then placed on the top of your teeth, they can be created in practically any shade you want. In this way, veneers often result in more significant whiteness of the teeth.
In some cases teeth whitening with LED activated gels and take home kits do not achieve the whiteness that the patient desires. This happens if they have very deep stains that are deeply embedded in the tooth which can rarely be lifted or whitening to the same extent as a healthier tooth. Veneers on the other hand are porcelain fixtures that can be easily placed over the discolouration – eliminating the need for teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening will not aid sensitivity in any way

Teeth whitening can sometimes cause a little bit of extra sensitivity due to the bleaching component of the gels that are applied by your dentist or by yourself at home. If you do have very sensitive teeth then it’s likely that your dentist will recommend that you do not have any whitening procedures done.
Veneers on the other hand can be suitable for people with sensitive teeth. They can be applied to the teeth once treated and in some cases this can actually help protect the healthy tooth structure from feeling sensitivity – as the veneers will be like a shield in between the cause of sensitivity and the enamel and nerves of the teeth.

Where can I get veneers in Cairns?

Bruce Stevens Dental in Cairns is a world-class dental studio that can provide many cosmetic and restorative procedures to their patients in need. Veneers are one of the porcelain/ceramic procedures offered by Dr Bruce Stevens, and for this procedure he may use the advanced CEREC machine which is used for the rapid creation of porcelain veneers and other ceramic restorations like crowns and bridges.

This technology eliminates some human error and is very convenient for the patient.

Find out more about CEREC and veneers by contacting us.

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