Minor imperfections of your smile may challenge your self-confidence and lead one to hide their smiles.
Teeth whitening and dental veneers are two ways to improve the look of your teeth. The one that is right for you depends on the cause of dental staining and if there is any structural damage.
Regularly consuming dark beverages like wine or coffee, and the use of tobacco products cause external (extrinsic) discoloration. This type of staining responds well to professional teeth whitening, which is available at many dental offices either as a chairside service or take-home trays that are custom made for you. These options produce similar results, and the take-home version’s ability to be used for continued maintenance tend to make this method last longer.
During in-office teeth whitening, the dentist carefully applies a specially designed bleaching agent to each of your teeth and can repeat this process up to four times, if necessary. This whitening gel can include ingredients to reduce or prevent sensitivity as well.
For professional take-home whitening, the dentist obtains an impression of your teeth, which is sent to a lab to create comfortable and effective whitening trays. You will be instructed when to use the product and for how long.
Many people opt for an in-office whitening session when they have an event to attend on short notice. Those who have more time may choose the take-home method to whiten teeth over the course of two or more weeks.
Over-the-counter options rarely deliver a significant difference in the color of your teeth. Professional strength, dentist-prescribed products can increase the brightness of your smile several shades with excellent results.
This option can deliver more than just whitening and is the best choice for lightening permanent (intrinsic) stains on teeth that are caused by genetics, medications, and some illnesses. In addition to adding brilliance to your smile, veneers can correct structural flaws such as chips, gaps, and mild crowding. Professional teeth whitening does not effectively correct intrinsically stained teeth.
Veneers are ultra-thin pieces of porcelain that are custom made from your dental impressions. They are designed to fit over the front of your teeth and can completely transform your smile in as little as two visits.
Combine the Two for a Smile Makeover
You may have a gapped or chipped front tooth and need just one or two veneers placed. If this is the case, and you also want whiter teeth, whiten the rest of your smile first so your veneers can be shade-matched for a full smile makeover.
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If you are looking to improve your smile with teeth whitening or veneers in Spokane, WA, our warm and friendly staff is eager to answer your questions.