Every smile is unique and beautiful in its own way, but it’s not uncommon for patients to want to improve the look of their smiles with either teeth whitening or dental veneers. Both of these treatments are designed to improve the appearance of a smile.
While teeth whitening can brighten a patient’s tooth enamel, dental veneers offer a range of smile restoration options such as selecting tooth color, shape, size, and giving the patient the option of almost completely revamping the look of his or her smile.
Dental veneers and teeth whitening are both useful cosmetic dentistry treatments, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Understanding the differences between these treatments can help you decide which is best for you.
Teeth whitening (also called teeth bleaching) is a common cosmetic dentistry procedure performed in the dental office that whitens and brightens a patient’s teeth with applications of either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These whitening agents eliminate tooth discoloration by removing stains that occur due to normal wear and tear like that which occurs due to eating and drinking certain foods like red wine, coffee, or berries.
Professional teeth whitening differs from over-the-counter treatments because it uses stronger whitening agents and also allows patients to work with our dentists to understand the results they can expect and achieve the exact degree of whitening desired.
Dental veneers are very thin tooth-colored and tooth-shaped shells that are comprised of composite porcelain. Designed to fit over the front surface of a patient’s teeth, dental veneers are permanently bonded to each tooth after the tooth has been resurfaced. Veneers are custom-designed and shaped to fit each patient’s individual teeth to achieve the desired color, shape, size, and look.
At Goochland Dentistry, we offer comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry services to help our patients achieve their smile dreams. If you’re hoping to improve the look or function of your smile, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. Depending on the patient’s teeth, smile goals, and overall dental health, our dentists can help you determine whether dental veneers or teeth whitening is the best treatment option.
During a smile consultation our dentist talks with our patients about their smile goals, examines the health of their teeth and gums, and suggests a variety of treatment plans to help the patient determine the best option based on their unique needs. To learn more or schedule a consultation at Goochland Dentistry, we welcome you to contact our dental clinic today.