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Do I Need Veneers or Teeth Whitening?

February 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpanneck @ 10:28 pm
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A beautiful smile is a wonderful asset in both the social scene and the professional world, but many people are shy about smiling generously due to stubborn stains or unsightly discoloration that don’t respond to conventional oral hygiene. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry includes several treatments that can lift or cover these flaws in a few weeks at most. Here’s a brief guide to what causes dental stains as well as why a patient might be better off getting veneers or teeth whitening.

Why Do Teeth Become Discolored?

Your teeth go through a lot over the decades, and the stress can start to show after a while. The outer layers of a tooth include the whitish outermost layer of enamel and the yellowish dentin layer underneath. Years of wear and tear can thin out the enamel, causing more of the yellowish dentin to show through. Teeth can also develop stains or discoloration due to years of exposure to tobacco or foods and drinks that are high in pigments like coffee, tea, red wine, and berries.

When Is Teeth Whitening the Better Option?

While you may be able to find many purported teeth whitening products at the store or pharmacy, these products can deliver lackluster results or even cause injuries due to poor quality. Your dentist, on the other hand, can provide you with teeth whitening treatments that are far superior to those of these store-bought products, leaving your teeth up to ten shades whiter!

These professional teeth whitening treatments come in the form of an in-office procedure that can be carried out in about an hour or a take-home kit that can be completed over the course of two weeks.

When Are Veneers Better for Addressing Stains?

If the stains in your teeth are not responding to teeth whitening, veneers can be a great way to simply cover up these flaws in at least two appointments. During the first, your dentist will inspect your teeth before removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the veneers. They will then take bite impressions and fix temporary veneers in place so you can get used to wearing them.

After a skilled technician has manufactured your veneers, you’ll return to the dentist’s office a few weeks later to have them placed. Your temporary veneers will be removed and the permanent set will be cemented to your teeth, covering up flaws like stains, discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, or even misshapen teeth. You’ll then be sent on your way to enjoy your new smile.

Don’t let stubborn stains keep your smile from looking its best. Consulting with your dentist can determine if veneers or teeth whitening are a good fit for you.

About the Author

Dr. Sarah Yarnell earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and received her conscious moderate sedation certificate from Oregon Health Science Center University. She is proud to be a member of the American Dental Association and the Arkansas Dental Association. Her office in Jonesboro, AR offers preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry such as veneers or teeth whitening. For more information on removing stubborn dental stains, contact her office online or dial (870) 932-8488.

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