Teeth-Whitening-vs.-Veneers

Do you wish your smile could be brighter? Do you have multiple cosmetic imperfections that dull the beauty of your smile? Esthetic issues can cause embarrassment and have a major impact on your self-esteem. Fortunately, a number of treatment options exist that can correct many of these issues, including porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. Which one will work best for your smile? Dr. Nikki Green of Fort Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry and Dr Ryan Knight will discuss the differences between these two treatment options.

Erasing Discoloration

In most cases, teeth whitening will be recommended to address unsightly teeth stains. Most stains are extrinsic stains, meaning they form on the surface as a result of the foods and drinks we consume. At Fort Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we offer two treatment options:

  • Venus White: We will create a set of custom-made whitening trays. The trays will be filled with a carbamide peroxide gel. Either in the office or at home, you will wear the trays for a set amount of time. Patients often obtain a smile brightened by multiple shades.
  • EZ White Pro: An in-office procedure designed to reduce sensitivity. We will coat your teeth in a bleaching gel, which is activating using a special curing light. The entire procedure takes only about 30 minutes.

Addressing Multiple Imperfections

Veneers are shells of porcelain that are placed over the front of the teeth. For intrinsic teeth stains, which form below the surface and can’t be removed with traditional whitening options, veneers are a perfect solution. The porcelain material is strong, natural looking, and stain resistant. This unique treatment can also address other common dental issues, including:

  • The appearance of minor misalignment
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chipped or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth with grooves or surface pits

This treatment option costs more than our brightening services, but does address multiple imperfections.

Which One is Right for Me?

Choosing which cosmetic treatment is best for you will depend on a number of factors. First, what is the extent of your esthetic issues? If you only have surface discoloration, teeth whitening may be enough. If you have permanent stains that don’t respond to traditional treatments, or if you have other imperfections such as tooth shape or tooth chipping, then veneers may be your best choice.

Looking for treatment to improve the appearance of your smile? Then talk to Dr. Green about our cosmetic dentistry options.

If you have any questions about teeth whitening, call our Fort Worth dental office today at (817) 737-6601 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Nikki Green or Dr Ryan Knight.