As stated in my previous blogs, whitening your teeth is a great way to improve the brightness of your smile, but continuous whitening treatment is required. Also, any crowns and anterior fillings have to be replaced to match the new color, or shade of whiteness. Also, if bleaching treatments are stopped, the teeth revert back to their original shade of color, but the fillings and crowns do not.
A permanent alternative to tooth whitening is porcelain veneers. These are usually done on the front 6 to 8 teeth, depending on their visibility when smiling. A veneer is a small custom made porcelain facing that is bonded onto the front of the tooth. In our office, these are done with minimal removal of enamel and no anesthesia. Veneers are also a great option, in addition to a permanent color change, for the following dental problems: 1) mottled (multicolored-multiple degrees of whiteness) teeth; 2) chipped teeth; 3) diastemas (spaces between the teeth): 4) small, or peg teeth; 5) misaligned, or crooked teeth (as an alternative to braces).
The best things about porcelain veneers are that no continuous treatment is necessary to maintain color changes (unlike whitening) and crowns and fillings usually do not need to be redone unless their is a whiteness shade discrepancy. In our office, the veneers can be removed if desired and the tooth is returned to its original condition. Veneers can be done with little, or no anesthetic since it is a non-invasive procedure
An good alternative to bleaching your teeth are porcelain veneers, especially if you have any of the previously mentioned dental conditions, or if you do not want to do the weekly, or monthly touch-up bleaching treatments.