Everyone wants a whiter smile. It’s a sign of youth, a sign of health, and even a sign of wealth, if you believe a recent British study.
When Porcelain Veneers Are Recommended
Teeth whitening can work great on many kinds of stains, such as stains from foods, drinks, and smoking. These stains are made up of organic molecules that can be broken down by chemical teeth whitening.
But many types of teeth discoloration aren’t caused by these organic molecules. Your teeth may be discolored by imperfections in the enamel, often caused by injury during development or fluorosis. Teeth can also be discolored if the tooth pulp dies, causing the tooth to turn dark brown or even black. The tooth can also be discolored because your enamel has worn away with time, allowing the yellowish dentin to show through.
Porcelain veneers can cover up these sources of discoloration, giving you a white smile when teeth whitening can’t.
How White Can Your Teeth Be?
There are many different materials for making porcelain veneers. Some of the materials are more translucent, which means they let more light through and also more color, while others are relatively opaque, which means they are better at concealing discoloration.
Any tooth that is slightly discolored by enamel defects or thin enamel can be made to be pretty much whatever shade of white you desire. However, none of the materials used can look completely white in front of a black background at the thickness used for porcelain veneers. This means that a black tooth can be matched to a relatively normal natural tooth shade, but can’t be made pure white.
Benefits of Whitening with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are great because they don’t just whiten your teeth, they can reshape them at the same time. This means that small teeth, crooked teeth, chipped teeth, or gapped teeth can be made straight and even at the same time they’re being made white.
And porcelain veneers give you long-lasting whiteness. While teeth whitening results may last months (or weeks if you’re a heavy coffee drinker or smoker), porcelain veneers will often last for a decade or more.
Understanding the Limits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers do have some limits. They won’t last their full lifetime if they’re placed on a tooth that has died, and they’re vulnerable if you have a bad bite or bruxism, which can cause them to fail early.
During your consultation, we will talk to you about the benefits and limits of porcelain veneers so you can decide which is the right whitening solution for you. To schedule a consultation about porcelain veneers in San Diego, please contact Strober Dental today.