Are Teeth Whitening Treatments or Veneers Better for Your Teeth?

In the hunt for that perfect Hollywood smile, clients have been known to try all sorts of treatments – both at home and via their dental practice. From over-the-counter teeth whitening strips to properly fitted veneers, the number of people who want whiter teeth is such that the market supply of solutions is at an all-time high – but which treatment is the best and safest for your teeth?

In this blog, our Essex dental team share their views on teeth whitening treatments and veneers, before concluding which is the better option.

The benefits of whitening?

Teeth whitening does what it says on the tin, with both at home treatments and those administered in a dental practice working to tackle stained and yellowing teeth – leaving the client with a whiter, cleaner looking smile. An easy and accessible treatment which doesn’t take too long to administer, teeth whitening can be achieved in a series of treatments, depending on the original condition of the teeth and the desired results.

In short, teeth whitening works to improve the aesthetic presentation of the client’s teeth, which means that as far as dental treatments go it falls on the more affordable side – however, it does nothing to conceal other aesthetic issues such as teeth which are chipped or misshapen.

The benefits of veneers?

The benefits of veneers are simple – they are designed to fit over your teeth perfectly, creating a whole new look which conceals and covers up any irregularities or more structural issues than merely the colour of the teeth.

Another benefit of veneers is that because they are made for each client individually, everything about them can be tailored – from the way they fit and the number of teeth they cover up, to the shade of white that the client wants them to present. This makes veneers a more expensive, but more personalisable solution to stained and crooked teeth.

Which is better?

The million dollar question, and one which rides on exactly what end result it is that you are looking to achieve – is it better to have a teeth whitening treatment or opt for veneers?

The first and most obvious thing to consider is the cost. Many clients will first try teeth whitening to see what kind of difference it makes and the impact it has, before deciding to pay for veneers. If, however, you know that teeth whitening will not provide the results that you want, or if you want to tackle issues which involve crooked teeth as well as discolouration, then veneers are automatically the best solution for you.

Your dentist will be able to provide guidance on which treatment you are best suited to, with the team at Bluebell Dentistry & Aesthetics combining our experience and expertise with your vision and what is most likely to give you a smile to be proud of.