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Teeth Whitening vs. Veneers

Are your pearly whites looking dull because of your stained or discoloured teeth? We get it. Stained and discoloured teeth can affect your smile and confidence, making you extremely self-conscious. 

If you want to whiten your teeth, cosmetic dentistry offers not just one but two solutions to bring back the radiance of your smile. These solutions are professional teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Both help improve your smile and confidence by making your smile whiter, brighter and aesthetically pleasing. 

Want to know which option is right for you? This guide has everything you need to know about teeth whitening and veneers to make the right decision. 

What is Teeth Whitening? 

Over time, your teeth can lose their sparkle because of the natural aging process or consumption of highly pigmented foods and drinks like coffee, wine and tomato-based sauces. Professional teeth whitening treatments are here to the rescue, saving your smile from the clutches of even the most stubborn stains. They offer several benefits, such as: 

  • Non-invasive & Quick: Teeth whitening is a non-invasive treatment that delivers noticeable results in just one session. 
  • Customised Treatment: Your smile is as unique as you are, and our whitening treatments are customised to meet your specific needs and preferences. 
  • Safe & Effective: Professional teeth whitening treatments performed by our dentists guarantee safety and effectiveness. 
  • Long-Lasting Results: Provides longer-lasting results that last years, unlike over-the-counter whitening treatments. 
  • Improves self-confidence: Significantly boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem with a whiter, brighter smile you can show off proudly. 

Types of Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

There are two types of teeth whitening treatments for you to choose from at Purity Dental. 

In-Office Whitening 

In-office whitening is the way to go for faster results in a short time. Our dentists will work their magic in just 60-90 minutes, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile. We will first clean your teeth, carefully removing plaque and tartar build-up before applying a whitening agent directly to them and activating it with a special light or laser. 

Take-Home Whitening 

Want to whiten your teeth at your own pace in the comfort of your home? Then, take-home whitening kits are for you. You will get a custom-made whitening tray that fits your teeth perfectly, along with whitening gel. All you need to do is wear your trays for 15-30 minutes daily for two weeks, and you’ll see your smile transform. 

What are Porcelain Veneers? 

Looking for a solution that can give you a whiter smile while hiding more severe imperfections like crooked, misaligned or broken teeth? Look no further than dental veneers. They are ultra-thin, custom-made shells crafted from porcelain, which are then bonded to the surface of your teeth, improving their appearance and hiding any imperfections. 

Your porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to match the shape, size and colour of your natural teeth. They offer several benefits, such as: 

  • High Stain Resistance: Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant, ensuring your smile remains brighter for longer. 
  • Minimally Invasive: Involves minimal preparation of teeth, removing a thin layer of the tooth enamel to ensure a proper fit.  
  • Long-Lasting Results: Porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years and longer with proper care and maintenance. 
  • Natural-Looking Results: Custom-made to match the shade and size of your teeth, delivering natural-looking results. 

How Do Veneers Work? 

The process begins with an initial consultation with one of our dentists, who will sit down with you to discuss your smile goals. After assessing your mouth and oral health, we will prepare your teeth for veneers by removing a thin layer of your tooth enamel. The next step is to take impressions of your teeth, laying the foundation for your custom-made veneers that blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Finally, the porcelain veneers will be bonded to the front surface of your teeth using a dental adhesive. 

Which One is Right For You? 

Now, for the most important question: which option is right for you? While both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are a great solution for restoring your smile, the choice between the two ultimately depends on your needs. Factors such as how fast you expect results, the severity of staining or discolouration and your budget can also affect your decision. 

Porcelain veneers are generally recommended for more severe and stubborn stains while teeth whitening is a great option if you’re looking for quicker results. But don’t worry because our dentists at Purity Dental will help you determine the best solution to brighten your smile! 

Call our friendly team for more information. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have!