Pick the Right Way to Whiten Teeth

Everyone loves a bright, white smile, but with so many teeth whitening options available, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. At our dental practice, we offer several ways to whiten teeth, each with its own set of benefits and considerations. 

Call us today at 719-359-9616 for a consultation. Our dentist can discuss your smile goals and help you choose the right type of whitening for your lifestyle, your overall dental condition, and your budget. 

In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at professional teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental bonding, and dental crowns to help you make an informed decision.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening involves using high-concentration bleaching agents to remove stains and discoloration from your teeth. We offer convenient at-home treatments, so you can whiten whenever you want. 

Its advantages:

  • More Effective Than Store Products – With a higher concentration of whitening ingredients, you’ll get brighter results. 
  • Safe and Supervised – Unlike drugstore products, our team is ready to help with any questions or concerns.
  • Effective – The treatments can lighten teeth by several shades.

Some patients do experience temporary tooth sensitivity after the treatment. However, it typically goes away quickly. In addition, your results fade over time. If you smoke or consume staining foods and/or drinks, you will have to repeat your whitening treatments more often. 

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain or other toothlike materials that cover the front surface of your teeth. They are bonded to your teeth to change their color, shape, size, and/or length.

Their advantages:

  • Long-Lasting – Veneers can last 10-15 years – and often longer – with proper care.
  • Versatile – Besides whitening your teeth, they can also fix chips, cracks, and gaps.
  • Stain-Resistant – Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining.

Veneers are typically one of the most expensive options for whitening teeth, especially if multiple teeth are involved. Your dentist will usually remove some enamel from teeth, which makes it a permanent alteration.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin to your teeth and hardening it with a special light. This process bonds the material to the tooth, improving its color and shape.

The advantages:

  • Cost-Effective – Bonding is generally less expensive than veneers or crowns.
  • Quick – Depending on the number of teeth involved, bonding can often be completed in a single visit.
  • Less Invasive – A bonding treatment requires minimal removal of tooth enamel.

However, bonding is not as strong or stain-resistant as veneers or crowns. The material may chip or stain over time. It typically lasts 3-10 years, a shorter time than other options.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are caps placed over your teeth to restore their shape, size, strength, and appearance. They encase the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gumline. They can be made to match the color of your natural teeth perfectly.

Their advantages:

  • Strength – Crowns provide excellent durability and strength.
  • Comprehensive Solution – Crowns are great for teeth that are severely discolored or damaged.

Crowns can be expensive, particularly if multiple teeth are involved. They also require your dentist to remove a significant amount of tooth structure. It usually requires multiple visits to complete treatment with crowns. 

Choosing the right teeth whitening method depends on your specific needs, budget, and how quickly you want to see results. Professional teeth whitening may be right for a quick fix, while veneers offer a long-term solution that also corrects other cosmetic issues. Dental bonding is a cost-effective way to improve your smile, and crowns provide a durable option for severely damaged or discolored teeth.

At our dental practice, we’re here to help you find the best solution to whiten teeth! Call Woodmen Views Dentistry at 719-359-9616 today to schedule a consultation in Colorado Springs, CO.