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Should You Try Teeth Whitening Or Dental Veneers?
Posted on August 11th, 2017
You don’t like it, but you know it’s the truth.
Your “pearly whites” aren’t exactly what you could call white anymore.
You may describe them as yellow, dingy, dark, or stained.
You would like to have a white, bright smile again, but what can you do? You can call (770) 941-6979 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at Atlanta West Dentistry.
We offer two great services — professional teeth whitening and dental veneers — which can give you back the bright smile that you’ve been missing.
If you live in or near Marietta, GA, find out how our dentists could restore your confidence in your smile.
Whitening To Remove Stains
Do you drink coffee or tea? How about soft drinks and sports drinks? Fruit juices? What about an occasional glass of wine or can of beer?
Now think about the foods you eat. Ever have pizza or pasta? Barbecue? Desserts?
Practically every sip and bite that you take is adding a little to the stains on your teeth. If something can stain your shirt, then it can probably stain your teeth, too.
The good news is that these are exactly the kinds of stains that teeth whitening products are intended to remove. Now, you just need to decide which one is right for you.
According to research by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, whitening toothpaste can remove some surface stains. Commercial teeth whitening products can go a little deeper, but there is a limit to what they can do.
If your goal is to remove the deepest stains from your smile, then professional teeth whitening is your best bet. These products contain higher concentrations of whitening agents, which means they can clean your smile faster and more effectively than commercial products. (It’s sort of like the difference between cleaning with a pressure washer or a garden hose.)
At Atlanta West Dentistry, we offer three kinds of professional whitening.
The KöR whitening system uses a combination of in-office treatment and take-home trays to give you the brightest smile possible in a matter of weeks. Opalescence Boost is an in-office whitening option that can give you visible results in about an hour.
If you are looking for something simple that you can use at your convenience, then we recommend Opalescence Go. With this system, you receive a set of trays that have already been filled with whitening gel. All you have to do is pop them in for the specified time to see a noticeably whiter smile in a few weeks.
Veneers To Cover Discolored Teeth
While staining is common, it’s not the only reason you may have discolored teeth. Injuries, illnesses, medications, and more can cause teeth to look darker as well.
In these cases, dental veneers may be a better option for you. Veneers don’t remove the stains. Instead, veneers are used to conceal discolored but otherwise healthy teeth.
To get veneers, a small portion of enamel is removed from your teeth. Your veneers are custom-made for you, and they can be made to look as white as you want them to be.
You can get a veneer for a single tooth or you can change your smile with a set of veneers. Dental veneers also offer an advantage over teeth whitening. Veneers are more resistant to staining, which means you will be able to keep your smile looking white longer with proper care.
How Will You Whiten Your Smile?
Schedule an appointment soon if you are interested in learning more about professional teeth whitening, dental veneers, or any of our cosmetic services. To contact Atlanta West Dentistry, call (770) 941-6979 or fill out our online form.
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