“Pearly whites.” Such a beautiful phrase, and one we all would like to be able to use when talking about our
teeth. Many cosmetic dental procedures, such as teeth whitening, offer a solution to discolored teeth that can restore a patient's smile, and certainly make it appear “pearly”! In comparison, porcelain veneers offers much more than whitening treatments and will also help with the appearance of chipped or cracked teeth.
- The appeal of whitening treatments is easy to understand. Whiter teeth offer a huge boost in self-confidence, and the results are noticeable almost instantly. One of the advantages of whitening via veneers is the final product is predictable. Porcelain veneers create a uniform whiter white than bleaching products and closely mimic the luminosity of a natural tooth. Veneers can also change the look of small tooth imperfections, providing teeth with uniformity in terms of shape and size, as well as color. Veneers create an aesthetically beautiful smile all around!
Time and Convenience
- Teeth whitening procedures take time. However, bleaching systems may require multiple visits as well as requiring “touch-up” treatments. When breaking down the variables of time and convenience, the significant factor is the return visits and maintenance. Both procedures can be performed over the series of a few visits, although bleaching can be done at home by wearing bleach trays for up to a couple of hours a day over the course of a few weeks. The process must then be repeated at regular intervals through the years. In contrast – aside from the patient's regular dental hygiene routine and check-ups – porcelain veneers can brighten a smile for up to 15 years.
- Porcelain veneers offer a long-term solution to discolored, chipped or crooked teeth. In-office bleaching can cost as little as a few hundred (and even less with home-based whitening solutions), which is less than the cost of porcelain veneers. But, long-term solutions mean fewer repeat visits and no additional treatments for well over a decade. Also, bleaching is removing a stain, whereas porcelain veneers can actually strengthen the existing tooth by covering it with an extremely strong and durable shell that acts as a barrier between disease-causing bacteria and your tooth's natural enamel. Patients’ investment in porcelain veneers also makes an investment into better oral health, as well as a beautiful smile!
Contact Dr. Shahdad atDFW Absolute Dental for more information on porcelain veneers and if they are the right solution for you!