What is the difference between dental veneers and teeth whitening?
Dental veneers are porcelain fronts cemented on your anterior teeth and can often achieve dramatic changes in shape and colour in your smile. Some adjustment of your natural teeth may be required to create space for the veneers for an ideal aesthetic result. Teeth whitening (otherwise known as bleaching) uses a chemical agent to lighten the shade of the teeth but does not change the shape or structure of the teeth.
In what situation, will I consider to do dental veneers or teeth whitening?
Dental veneers and teeth whitening, being aesthetic procedures, can be done as part of a holistic treatment plan when you find your smile aesthetically displeasing, due to colour, shape, or mild crowding. Your dentist can give you more advice as to which option is most desirable for you.
How long can dental veneers or tooth whitening last?
Dental veneers have been shown to last around 5 years safely, but if well taken care of can last longer. The effects of tooth whitening will last around 2 years depending on diet; if you take coffee, tea, red wine and other dark coloured foods often, the effects may not last as long.
What special care do I need to take note of after teeth whitening?
Immediately after tooth whitening you are likely to experience a certain amount of sensitivity; avoiding hot and cold foods will help, as will a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. You should also avoid any darkly coloured foods for the next few days, and it is advisable only to eat white coloured foods, for example milk, rice and white bread. When in doubt, ask your dentist!