Teeth whitening is a process of removing stains from the tooth surface and restoring the natural color of the teeth. There are several ways to improve the shade of color of teeth. Depending on the treatment chosen, teeth whitening can be permanent or temporary (6-12 months).
Treatments for teeth whitening only improves the color of the teeth. It does not improve the health of the teeth. There are 2 most popular ways for teeth whitening: Lumineers (dental veneers) and teeth bleaching. Lumineers is the best treatment for teeth whitening because it makes the teeth
permanently white and does not damage the teeth. Dental bleaching makes teeth white only for 6-12 months and causes slight damage to the teeth on every session of teeth bleaching.
Several cases of teeth whitening are shown below. Lumineers (dental veneers) are used to permanently improve the color of the teeth.
The teeth can get stains and lose their white color because of several reasons:
The two most popular and successful ways of teeth whitening are:
Lumineers is the best treatment for teeth whitening because it makes the teeth permanently white and does not damage the teeth.
Teeth bleaching temporarily makes teeth white for 6-12 months but also damages the teeth. It is not recommended.
You will find a few more options for teeth whitening on internet, but either they do not work or have very small effect. Therefore, these methods are not recommended. These methods are: use a teeth whitening toothpaste, or rub baking soda, oil and salt on teeth. These methods will have almost no effect on teeth color.
If you get your teeth cleaned by a dentist, it not only removes plague from the teeth but also makes the teeth slightly bright, but it will not make the teeth perfectly white in color. Regular (yearly) cleaning of teeth by a dentist is highly recommended. it keeps the teeth healthy and makes the teeth slightly bright.
Lumineers makes the teeth permanently white. It is the best treatment for teeth whitening because it is permanent and does not damage the teeth. It costs more than dental bleaching, but has a lot of benefits. Lumineers last for around 10 years.
Teeth bleaching is done using hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide dissolves the minerals in the teeth that has yellow color. Therefore, the teeth looks white, but it also weakens the teeth.
Teeth bleaching causes sensitivity in the tooth (painful feeling of hot and cold in the tooth) because of loss of strength and minerals in the teeth.
Teeth bleaching is temporary and lasts for 6-12 months. Teeth bleaching is cheaper than Lumineers. But it has a lot of disadvantages.
Dental veneers and Lumineers are placed in 3-4 days in two parts.
First Visit: In the first visit, the dentist does a complete check-up and takes an impression of the mouth. In the case of dental veneers, the impression is taken after reducing the teeth, whereas for Lumineers, an impression is taken without tooth reduction. The first visit takes 30-60 minutes. Dental veneers are made in 2-3 days.
Second Visit: After a gap of 2-3 days, in the second visit, the dental veneers are permanently glued to the surface of the teeth using a very strong chemical.
The second visit takes a longer time because each dental veneer or Lumineer takes 20-30 minutes to apply on one tooth. So, if you need multiple dental veneers then it can take up to 7-8 hours to apply on all teeth.
An intra-oral scanner takes a 3D image of the mouth. This 3D image is directly sent to the CAD / CAM machine that makes tooth crown, dental veneers, Lumineers, and dental bridge from zirconia (ceramic) material, that fits perfectly on the tooth.
Multiple dental veneers are used in the dental treatment. Each tooth requires one dental veneer. Therefore, the total cost of dental veneers is calculated by multiplying the cost of one dental veneer with the total number of dental veneers.
Total cost of dental veneers in USA = $ 1260 X total number of dental veneers
Total cost of dental veneers outside of USA = $ 90 X total number of dental veneers
Example, for 10 dental veneers, the cost will be:
Cost in USA
$ 1260 X 10
Cost outside of USA
$ 90 X 10
$ 1260 X 10
: $ 12600
$ 90 X 10
: $ 900
Dental veneers are very expensive in USA, but you can save a lot of money by traveling to an affordable location outside of USA for 3-4 days for the dental treatment.
For example, at our clinic, the cost of dental veneers is $ 90 per tooth which is 14 times lower than the average cost of $ 1260 per tooth in USA. So, you can save a lot of money, and at the same time enjoy a free holiday trip.
Question: Is it painful to place dental veneers on teeth?
Answer: No, it is a completely painless procedure.
Question: Do you use anesthesia to reduce pain?
Answer: Yes, anesthesia is used to numb the mouth. You will be fully awake during the treatment and you will not feel any pain in the mouth.
Question: How many days are required for the complete procedure of dental veneers?
Answer: The complete procedure of dental veneers takes 3-4 days at our clinic.
Question: How long do the dental veneers last?
Answer: Dental veneers last for more than 20 years.
Question: Do I need to visit the dentist more often after the treatment?
Answer: No, you do not need to visit the dentist more often, after the treatment is over.
Question: Do dental veneers look like natural teeth?
Answer: Yes, dental veneers look like natural teeth.