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Should You Whiten Your Teeth Or Get Veneers?

February 22, 2016

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , — lapalcodental @ 8:00 am

White teeth make any smile look better.

Yet, it’s an unfortunate fact of life that maintaining a white smile is more difficult as we get older. Every cup of coffee we sip, every plate of spaghetti we eat, every tea we drink adds to the stains on our teeth.

You may have seen all the whitening products in the toothpaste aisle and wondered if they could work for you. You might have tried a few, too.

If you really want to whiten your teeth, then make plans to visit Lapalco Family Dental. We have two solutions that will give you a noticeably whiter, brighter smile — professional teeth whitening and veneers.

If you live in Marrero, Henry, or anywhere else in or near Jefferson Parish, we would love to talk to you about these options at our dentist office.

The Benefits Of A White Smile

We all know how white teeth improve the appearance of your smile.

But have you considered the psychological benefits.

If your teeth are yellow or discolored, then you may become self-conscious about your teeth. You may feel the need to hide your smile when someone takes your photo — and that could happen at any moment thanks to camera phones.

Plus, that photo can end up online almost as soon as it’s been taken. Fair or not, people are judging you based on your smile. By hiding your teeth, you may come across as sad or angry.

A whiter smile could help you feel more relaxed. Maybe that’s why 68 percent of women said that their smile affects their confidence, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. That could also explain why teeth whitening remains one of the most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry.

If you are ready to whiten your smile, you can consider at Lapalco Family Dental.

Stain Remover

Teeth whitening products are supposed to do one thing: remove the stains from your teeth.

These stains can come from poor oral hygiene, from the things you eat and drink, or from using tobacco.

You could try an over-the-counter toothpaste, mouth rinse, strips, or gel product, which could take weeks or months to show some improvement. Or you could try a Boost in-office whitening treatment at our dentist office to get results in one day.

Both commercial and professional whitening products use comparable ingredients, but professional products have a higher concentration of those active ingredients. That’s why professional whitening is both faster and more effective than anything you can buy at a retail store.

A good comparison would be someone who has stains on the siding of his or her house. When our homeowner decides it’s time to clean up, he or she could use a garden hose with one of those spray attachments. If he or she waits long enough, that will probably remove the dirt and grime eventually.

Or he or she could use a pressure washer, which will peel the dirt off in a lot less time.

Think of Boost like a pressure washer for the stains on your teeth.

Now, if you want to whiten your teeth on your own schedule, Boost also makes a take-home product, which we can provide for you. This doesn’t work as quickly as our in-office product, but it will give you much better results than commercial options.

Take Cover

Teeth whitening is an excellent option for people who have stained teeth. Not all teeth are discolored because of stains, however.

In some cases, you teeth can look yellower because of worn down enamel, a reaction to medication, or tooth decay. Stain removal is not going to fix those problems, but porcelain veneers will.

To go back to our house analogy, let’s say something serious happened on the side of the house, say something caught fire and burned part of the siding. Spraying that with a hose or even a pressure washer is not going to fix the problem.

Instead, the homeowner can restore the appearance of his or her house with new siding. Veneers are like siding for your teeth.

Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, and they can completely change the appearance of your smile. Veneers make your teeth look whiter, and they can make your teeth look straighter, close any gaps between your teeth, and repair chipped or broken teeth.

Your Smile, Only Better

If you are tired of having not-so-pearly whites, talk to our dentist at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. Together we can determine whether teeth whitening or porcelain veneers could help you and your smile.

Call 504-264-6461 or use our online form to schedule your appointment.

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