Whitening Vrs Veneers – What’s the difference?

With spring in the air many of our thoughts are turned towards the lighter evenings and the promise of balmy weather ahead. Preparations are being made, holidays being booked and we start to battle the cobwebs and clutter with a spring clean but how do we do the same for our teeth? With so many options on the market, how do you get your smile bright and ready for those summer snaps?

Option 1: Veneers

Veneers are tooth-coloured shells made from porcelain or composite that are shaped to fit your individual teeth and then placed over the top of them as permenant fixtures.


  • Helps to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven teeth alignment, spacing issues or any chipped or cracked teeth too.
  • The colour of the veneers are selected from a shade chart, allowing you to chose the right shade for you, making them as natural as possible.
  • Is a more permenant option and can last around 15-20 years with proper care.
  • Veneers are more resistant to staining than normal teeth, meaning you can enjoy food and drink without worrying about fading the whitening effect.


  • Is a more involved process than whitening as it requires the dentist to secure each veneer individually over your teeth.
  • Involves a local anaesthetic and can take a couple of weeks for a full set to be fitted and settle properly – which can cause some minor irritation or sensitivity.
  • Not everyone is eligible for veneers, some teeth may be too weak to support them.
  • Costs more upfront.

Option 2: Whitening

Veneers are tooth-coloured shells made from porcelain or composite that are shaped to fit your individual teeth and then placed over the top of them as permenant fixtures.


  • A very quick process that typically takes less than an hour.
  • Costs are minimal.
  • Results are immediate
  • Can last up to 3 years if you avoid staining foods, drinks and tobacco


  • Certain foods, drinks and tobacco should be avoided in order to prevent discolouration reoccuring
  • Some minor gum irritation or increased tooth sensitivity can occur.
  • Only works on natural teeth so crowns, fillings or bonding materials will remain discoloured.
  • Tends to work better on yellow staining rather than brown or gray shades.
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