Posted on: 30 September 2015
If your teeth are stained and discolored, making it unbearable for you to smile and show them off, then you have a couple of different options for solving this problem. You could pay to have your teeth professionally whitened – or you could have them covered with veneers. While professional whitening works out for many people and is a more affordable option, if you can afford veneers, they offer a number of advantages over whitening:
Veneers are a permanent solution.
If you have your teeth whitened, they might look better for a while, but they will slowly become stained again, causing you to seek treatment again. You'll always be going through a process in which your teeth become more and more embarrassingly stained until you finally break down and get them whitened again.
Veneers will stay white forever, since the porcelain they are made from does not stain. They're not a temporary fix like whitening. Once you have veneers put on, you must keep them for life, since some of your tooth enamel must be removed in order to apply them. On a related note, you can enjoy all of your favorite, dark beverages – like coffee and red wine – without worrying when you're wearing veneers.
Veneers cover other tooth issues, too.
Are your front teeth also a little crooked? Maybe one is bigger than the other, or you have a little chip on the corner of one. Instead of having your teeth whitened and just living with these imperfections, why not cover them all with veneers? When people look at your smile with veneers on, they'll see just the veneers – not your real teeth.
Veneers require less time in the dental chair in the long term.
Veneers are rather simple to apply. The first time you go to the dentist, he or she will make sure your teeth are healthy enough for veneers, will take some measurements, and will work with you to pick the correct size and shape for the veneers. Your teeth may be prepared with a little filing. The next time you come in, the veneers will have been ordered, and your dentist will take just a few minutes to apply them to your teeth. Then, you're done – until many years down the road when they need to be replaced. (Many people keep their veneers for 15 years or more.)
Dental whitening is not a terribly long process, either. However, many patients require three or more appointments to get the results the need, and then they have to repeat the process every couple of years to keep their teeth white. Veneers require less of a time commitment.Share