Getting that perfectly white smile isn’t always as easy as it may seem, but there are lots of great options to help these days. From at-home whitening kits to those procedures offered in the office to more drastic procedures like veneers, you can have a perfectly white smile. The trick is choosing the right procedure to meet your needs.
Whitening – Almost every dentist around these days offers a whitening procedure of some time. In most cases, these procedures are really fairly affordable, and for a few months, they offer a clean, white smile you’ll love. The brighter the smile, the happier you’ll be, and whiter teeth are a big part of that look. As you age, your teeth typically get quite a bit darker, and they may even get stained as a result of smoking, drinking coffee, or eating a variety of different foods. Your genetics can even have an effect on the color of your teeth. While at-home whitening is certainly an option, having it done in the dentist’s office may mean a smile that is up to ten shades brighter within the span of just an hour or so. What’s more, though, is that the dentist can use a fairly strong agent while still protecting your gums and the rest of your mouth.
Veneers – Seeing a veneer dentist can offer you whiter teeth too, but it tends to be a pricier procedure. Most people veer toward this procedure when they want to correct more than just the color of their teeth. Dental veneers mean your teeth are literally covered with a shell that’s carefully customized for your mouth. They not only have the ability to whiten your teeth, but they can also truly enhance your smile They tend to last far longer than a simple bleaching procedure might, and they can also work to cover any gaps or cracks in your smile. What’s more, though, is that they protect the surface of teeth that have already been damaged, which can help to prevent any further damage and the need for additional dental procedures. They even tend to remain stain free for the life of the veneer, which is usually about fifteen years for porcelain. While you can get cheaper veneers if you go with composites, the porcelain ones last much longer.
The Right Choice – Deciding which procedure may be right for you should be a discussion you have with your dentist. In most cases, though, those looking for a brighter, better smile are probably searching for something like veneers because they have the ability to create a complete smile makeover in a single visit while tooth whitening will only help to brighten things up. If the end result you’re looking for is a long-lasting new smile that helps give you that movie-star shine, you certainly want to look into porcelain veneers, as they’re the ideal choice for that award-winning smile.
Chad Byler, DDS, PA
201 Hunters Crossing Blvd. #16
Bastrop, Texas 78602
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