Teeth Whitening or Veneers: Which is Best for Your Smile?

When searching for different solutions to address stained or misshapen teeth, you might come across two cosmetic services: veneers and teeth whitening. At Dental Professionals of Jersey City, we offer both corrective options to help patients achieve an attractive smile. Both of these cosmetic dental services have their advantages and disadvantages.

Teeth Whitening

Brightening your smile through a dental practice is better than obtaining a bleaching kit from your local pharmacy or convenient store. Unlike store-bought options, customized trays fabricated for whitening treatment are specifically designed for the unique contours of your teeth. This ensures that the gel is evenly distributed along your teeth to create a uniform appearance. 

Professional teeth whitening treatment is made for you to use from the convenience of home. The bleaching agent’s potency can be adjusted to best reach your dental goals. Your dentist can also instruct you on how long you should wear your appliances for to acquire the desired results.

If you obtain your whitening kit from a local store, you receive a one size-fits-all appliance. This can cause the bleaching solution to inadvertently irritate your gums and may not provide an evenly white smile. Professional treatment can also complement other cosmetic dental services, allowing you to enhance the smile in one fell swoop.

Veneers

Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that your dentist bonds to the surface of your teeth. They are used to conceal imperfections such as cracks, fractures, and undersized teeth. While teeth whitening treatment allows you to remove stains on the surface of a tooth, discolorations beneath the enamel are much harder to erase. Veneers however, can mask the flaws that affect the surfaces of the, allowing patients to have a beautiful and uniform smile.

One disadvantage of traditional ceramic veneers is they require modifications to the enamel of your natural teeth. Your dentist will alter the surface of your teeth so veneers will properly bond with the tooth and create a long-lasting secure hold. The ceramic used for veneers is tooth-colored, and has a natural dental sheen allowing patients to have a seamlessly beautiful smile.

For more information about cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening or veneers, contact Dental Professionals of Jersey City. Drs. Paul Lustiger and Soolim Lee enjoy helping patients achieve aesthetic and healthy smiles in Jersey City and serving Downtown, Exchange Place, and Harborside.

 

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