If you would like to brighten the look of your teeth, there are multiple teeth-whitening options available. You can use an over-the-counter bleaching product or a professional home whitening kit. In addition, you can schedule an appointment to have a teeth-whitening solution professionally applied at your dentist's office.
Each of these options offers varying degrees of whitening due to differences in application and concentrations of bleach. However, each type of bleaching system can cause some degree of dental sensitivity, even though it is minimized with the professional in-office application because of specialized gels that are not designed to deeply penetrate the pores of your teeth.
If you would like to whiten your teeth without risking tooth sensitivity, dental veneers may be for you. Here are a few additional benefits of whitening your teeth by having veneers applied:
Bleaching your teeth may lighten them several shades, but your teeth may still not be as bright as you desire. Some stains are so deeply embedded into a tooth that they cannot be bleached away, and repeatedly bleaching teeth can cause permanent damage to the dental nerves within a tooth. If you develop tooth sensitivity and it does not resolve, your dentist may have to perform a root canal to remove the inflamed nerves and pulp of the affected tooth.
Veneers are able to whiten your teeth perfectly without undue damage to your teeth because they cover the discoloration instead of bleaching it. The thin slivers of porcelain or resin are affixed to your teeth so that they appear pearly white regardless of past or present stains.
Coverage for Permanent Stains
Bleaching may effectively remove some stains that are due to tobacco smoke or deeply colored food and drinks. However, it cannot remove stains that are considered permanent. Stains that are caused by a congenital disorder or certain medications, such as tetracycline, cannot be removed by bleaching or scrubbing. In such a case, veneers may be the only way to effectively whiten the teeth.
Additional Corrections to the Appearance of Your Teeth
Veneers not only correct the whiteness of your teeth; they can be used to disguise the shape of teeth that have broken or chipped. Thus, you can enjoy multiple benefits from a single cosmetic application.
Veneers can be used to transform the look of your teeth. Schedule an appointment with a dentist like Patrick M Pitts today to see how veneers can whiten your teeth and help you look your best.