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The Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening Veneers

The Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening Veneers

There are many options for getting your teeth whiter, from over the counter toothpastes to in-office whitening treatments using special lights. For those whose teeth do not respond well to these types of whitening treatments, teeth whitening veneers are another option.

Simply put, teeth whitening veneers are a thin piece of porcelain that is placed over the real tooth, instantly changing the appearance of the teeth. When regular whitening treatments aren’t being effective, the dentist may recommend applying teeth whitening veneers as another solution to the problem.

There are two basic types of veneers that can be placed on the teeth. One is porcelain veneers, and the second is composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are considerably more expensive, but generally last quite a bit longer, while composite, the more affordable option has a shorter lifespan. Either option is placed over the real tooth by the dentists, one tooth at a time. Porcelain veneers may require several visits while composite veneers are generally done in one visit.

Teeth whitening veneers are generally the option of choice for those with heavily stained teeth, such as from smoking. They provide an instantly whiter smile and will give better and more long lasting results than any tooth whitener either over the counter or from a dentist. However, they are expensive, and they require care after installation on your teeth.

If you are having teeth whitening veneers installed on only a few teeth, you should be aware that there may be some difficulty in matching them to the other teeth in your mouth. While your dentist will do the best they can to match the veneers they are adding to your other teeth, you may still notice that the whiteness of the veneers stands out a bit against your other teeth, and looks unnatural. This is one of the most common complaints people have after getting teeth whitening veneers – that they don’t look natural. When you sit down with your dentist be sure to choose the veneers that will look the most natural, rather than the whitest possible.

Porcelain veneers are more expensive, but they have the advantage of staying white for the lifetime of the veneer, Composite veneers have been known to yellow, so they require some extra care and attention to the habits that can cause yellowing on teeth. You don’t want to waste your investment in veneers by allowing the veneers to become discolored as well.

For most people, basic whitening procedures can give enough whitening, but for those with serious stains, teeth whitening veneers may be the only possible route. Discuss all of your whitening options with your dentist before you make any decisions, and of course take your budget into consideration. Most insurance companies do not pay for cosmetic dental procedures, so the cost of the teeth whitening veneers will likely be out of your pocket. For many people, it’s well worth it to have a brilliant, white smile again and not have to be ashamed of how their teeth appear.

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