W hitening can only change the color of the teeth and can change the appearance of the teeth by adjusting more details such as the shape and color at the same time. The color of the veneers would be permanent; you won’t have to worry about the color fading or getting stained. Yes, you can change the color as well, by doing whitening, but the results are somewhat unpredictable. We do not know exactly how much whiter your teeth can get. The whiteness will gradually fade away after teeth whitening, and you might want to redo the whitening process multiple times to obtain the whiteness you desire.
If you are satisfied with your teeth shape, size, alignment, and the positions, and your only concern is the color, it might be a good idea to try teeth whitening. The cost of teeth whitening is much less than veneers, and of course, there is no shaving off the teeth. You may need to repeat the process when you notice the color changing or even before a big event. There are two methods to complete the whitening process, In-office bleaching or Take-home tray. A bleaching gel that is used in both techniques is the same, but different percentages. Results are very similar; although the take home tray is a longer process. In our office, when you do the in-office whitening, we also make the take home tray for you, and you can use it any time when you want to touch up. There is also over the counter whitening strips; the only disadvantage for this is that the gel does not stay on the teeth long enough. However, in some younger patients, it works very well.
When you want to change details such as shape, length, proportion, and the alignment of the teeth, you would need veneers. With veneers, you can pick the desired color that suits your taste, without worrying about the color changing. Veneers are made out of a durable, thin shell-like porcelain and bonded on your teeth. Lab technicians custom make veneers out of the impression that they receive from the dentist. Therefore, teeth veneers vary in shape, size, and color. To create the smile of your dreams, we usually do about eight veneers on the upper. Because most patients want to brighten their smile, I recommend that eight veneers get done instead of six. When only six surfaces get done, the six stand out, making the next tooth “less visible,” giving the impression of only having six teeth. Once we add two more, all the veneers continue the natural look all the way to the back. If you have lovely canines, and to brighten your teeth is not a significant concern, we may suggest only doing four teeth. We can always make upper veneers whiter than the lower teeth without making your smile look unnatural. The reason why is because lower front teeth do not show as much, and it is natural to have whiter teeth on the upper. In most of our cases, we do not have to do the lower teeth.