Discolored teeth are something that many people deal with. Our smiles naturally discolor as we get older, and can become stained from various lifestyle habits. Both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are ideal methods to brighten your smile, and we offer these cosmetic treatments in Claremont, CA at our dentist office.
At Claremont Dental Institute, we have a team of experienced dental professionals to provide personalized care. We do a comprehensive consultation that includes an exam and a discussion about your cosmetic goals and budget. We can help you determine whether teeth whitening or porcelain veneers are the best choice for your cosmetic issues.
About Teeth Whitening
At our office, we offer multiple methods of professional teeth whitening. The first is whitening with whitening gels. This method usually takes about an hour in our office. The whitening gel is applied to your teeth and a special light is used to activate the bleaching agent. Typically, your teeth are up to eight shades whiter after this treatment.
We also have laser whitening services. This method is especially beneficial for patients that have very sensitive teeth, as even professional gels can cause some sensitivity. As with the gels, laser whitening can eliminate years of staining issues from the teeth.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that cover the front and sides of your tooth. They can be color-matched to any shade you desire, making them ideal for teeth whitening. The material they’re made of is designed to be stain-resistant, so they should stay whiter for a long period of time. Unlike teeth whitening, they can also take care of other cosmetic issues.
Porcelain veneers can treat teeth that have staining that traditional whitening techniques can’t get rid of, like the side effects of certain medications. Veneers can also help with cosmetic chips, breaks, or cracks in your tooth. They’re custom-made and can be used to close gaps between the teeth or treat crooked teeth that aren’t causing bite problems.
How Long Do The Results Last?
One of the most common questions asked about treatment methods is how long the results last. The length that teeth whitening results last is usually up to your lifestyle habits. If you smoke or regularly drink coffee or tea, the results won’t last as long as someone who’s done none of those things. On average, the results can last anywhere from six months to three years.
Porcelain veneers are a permanent restoration. They’re designed to last for 10-15 years or even longer. However, they aren’t indestructible. They can chip or crack or stain, though they’re very stain resistant. You’re unable to whiten porcelain veneers, and you’ll always have to have veneers. Since tooth structure is removed, you’ll need to have something on them at all times.
The Cost Of These Methods
Cost is another big question. Dental insurance usually doesn’t cover cosmetic dentistry procedures. The cost of teeth whitening will depend on which method you choose. We’ll be able to give you an accurate quote based on an analysis of your smile. Professional whitening is much cheaper, but it’s something you’ll have to keep redoing to keep the results.
Porcelain veneers are costlier because you’re paying for a permanent restoration. They’re also custom-made, so each veneer you get has to be uniquely made. The complete cost will depend on the number of veneers you’re getting and the size of them. If they’re bigger, they’ll cost a bit more.
Which Cosmetic Restoration is Right For You?
At our office, you’ll have a personalized consultation to determine the best treatment option for your needs. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to get started.