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Which is Best – Veneers or Teeth Whitening?

When you’re thinking about a smile makeover, our teeth whitening service is a popular option for cosmetic dental work and can be done in about an hour. Come in on your lunch break if you work in the CBD, and go back to work with a refreshed smile! It’s appropriate for many people, but some people have different needs. In some instances, dental veneers are a better option.

Below are some situations that have caused teeth to discolour, and advice we give to our patients who are interested in having whiter teeth.

Antibiotic Stains

You may have been given antibiotics such as Tetracycline during childhood, which can produce dark intrinsic stains. Unforunately, teeth whitening is not as effective in these situations. Antibiotics may cause permanent stains, plus in some cases, they can damage tooth enamel. Since teeth whitening can’t fully address the challenge of discolouration, you’ll want to consider veneers to get that awesome smile you’ve always wanted.

Trauma to Your Teeth

Another example is where teeth are damaged from trauma to the mouth. Bear in mind that there may be deeper issues from the trauma besides having discoloured teeth, so Dr Hoffenberg will do a thorough exam of your teeth to determine the extent of the damage, if any.


When your teeth age, they may present challenges to having a course of teeth whitening. Even if your teeth are responsive to whitening, you may experience increased tooth sensitivity, in which case, veneers would be a better choice. Dr Hoffenberg will be able to advise you of your best course of action.


Many of our patients consider veneers because the brighter smile lasts much longer than teeth whitening. Composite resin veneers can get stained if they’re not properly cared for, but they can last several years when properly cared for. Porcelain veneers are a popular choice with our patients, because they provide nearly-permanent results, and the material does not stain. Teeth whitening treatments will need to be repeated once or twice a year, depending on how you care for your teeth and the types of food or drink you consume. If you’re bothered by sensitive teeth, or if time is a factor, you may want to consider dental veneers as an alternative to teeth whitening.


For many individuals, it comes down to personal preference.  If you have any of the circumstances mentioned above, it’s better to seek advice from an experienced cosmetic dentist. Dental veneers and teeth whitening are both popular procedures, but the results do vary from person to person. When you want results you’ll be happy with, ask Dr Hoffenberg for advice. At our dental clinic in Sydney’s CBD, we want to help you make the best decision. As soon as you come in to our office and meet our friendly staff, you’ll feel welcome and comfortable. You’ll know you’ve found a dental team that truly cares about you. If you’ve been considering a smile makeover, this is the day to call us for a free consultation. Whether you choose dental veneers or teeth whitening, you’ll love your beautiful new smile!