There is no greater confidence boost than having a bright and beautiful smile. As our teeth age, it is common for them to stain and discolor over time. At Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Dr. Bahar Nia utilizes her innovative technology and individualized care to put the sparkle back in your smile by offering services including porcelain dental veneers and teeth whitening.
While both procedures are great solutions to restore your smile, each service is different, so it is important to know the pros and cons of porcelain dental veneers and teeth whitening to decide which is best for you.
What are Porcelain Dental Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are custom-designed to fit over existing teeth. Dr. Nia and her award-winning team of certified technicians create layers of porcelain that are individually crafted to match the natural color and tooth shape of each patient to ensure the desired aesthetic is achieved.
Next, the porcelain dental veneers are permanently bonded to each tooth to guarantee their strength and longevity.
Conditions for Porcelain Dental Veneers
Dr. Nia recommends porcelain dental veneers as an option for those needing to address:
- Chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that have been worn down over time
What are the Pros and Cons of Porcelain Dental Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers are the ideal option for correcting dull, discolored teeth because the porcelain is applied with a strong, stain-resistant coating that provides a pearly smile and enhances facial features to make you look and feel younger. Once porcelain dental veneers are applied through Dr. Nia’s easy and pain-free process, they are projected to last for 10-20 years with proper care.
It is important to note that while porcelain dental veneers are a great option to prevent future staining, the application process involves shaving a top layer of enamel off the natural teeth. Those who get porcelain dental veneers should be careful not to put stress on them as severely broken veneers cannot be repaired and must be replaced with a new veneer, though it is highly unlikely for them to break.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of applying active ingredients, including hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, to the teeth. Dr. Nia creates this customized mixture based on tooth shade, discoloration and dental history. Once it is applied, these ingredients work to break down decay and debris on the teeth, causing stains to become less concentrated. This ensures the return of a gorgeous, white smile.
Another option to consider is laser teeth whitening. Dr. Nia uses her precise laser to activate the chemical reaction in the whitening material to fully break down stains. This ultra-violet light allows the effectiveness and speed of whitening to significantly improve and give you a better result.
Not all teeth work well with laser whitening, so you want to discuss your options with Dr. Nia during your initial consultation.
Conditions for Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a good option to address issues of yellow and brown staining or worn enamel caused by:
- Tobacco use
- Acidic/sugary foods and drinks
- Side effects of medication
What are the Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a great option for color enhancement as it can brighten teeth by up to eight shades. It is also a quick service that can be completed in an afternoon.
However, teeth whitening is not a long-lasting solution like porcelain dental veneers because the staining process begins again as soon as the procedure ends.
To maintain the results from teeth whitening, additional maintenance with an at-home kit is required and it is recommended the procedure be repeated every six months. Over time this additional effort and cost can exceed that of dental veneers.
Also, teeth whitening cannot fix certain discoloration issues including those caused by dead nerves, trauma, tetracycline staining, and congenital issues, so it may not be the best solution for everyone.
Which Option is Right for You?
With dental veneers and teeth whitening, it is possible to get the smile of your dreams.
Dr. Bahar Nia’s award-winning Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted at a truly exceptional family-owned practice.
Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry provides smile makeovers to many patients including influential celebrities from Atlanta and out of town. With Dr. Nia’s extensive knowledge in cosmetic dentistry and great attention to detail, you’ll get a perfect, customized white smile just for you.
Don’t wait for life to pass you by if you find displeasure in your smile. Start the journey to a better, more confident you. Contact Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today!