Cosmetic dentistry to brighten your smile: teeth whitening vs veneers

One of the most commonly heard requests in the world of cosmetic dentistry is for brighter, whiter teeth. At Vogue Dental Care in Luton we offer a number of ways to achieve just that, so if you are one of the 64% people in the UK who want their teeth to be a lighter shade, why not join us for a consultation to find out how we can help?

cosmetic-dentistry-lutonTwo of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options at our Luton dental practice are teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Both have their merits and are effective methods of lightening your teeth. Your perfect treatment will depend on your individual circumstances, and among the things your dentist will take into account at your cosmetic dentistry consultation are:

  • Nature of your tooth staining/discolouration
  • How fast you need results
  • The general condition of your teeth
  • Your own treatment preferences
  • Various lifestyle factors

Your dentist will work with you to determine the best treatment to suit your needs. Here, we look at the advantages of both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. . .

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is the most popular procedure in the world of cosmetic dentistry, and at our Luton dental practice we offer three options:

Power whitening – Requiring just a single, hour-long session with a cosmetic dentist here in our Luton clinic, this is the fastest route to whiter teeth.

Home whitening – This option takes two weeks and involves using custom-made whitening trays in the comfort of your own home.

Combination whitening – Using the Enlighten system, we combine home and in-clinic whitening for a guaranteed B1 shade of whiteness.

Teeth whitening is:

  • Fast
  • Gentle
  • Requires no preparation of the teeth
  • Lasts at least six months


Thin porcelain shells, veneers are placed over the front surfaces of your teeth to improve their appearance, and requires minimal preparation. Your dentist can use a single veneer for a permanently stained tooth, or a full set. Well-looked-after veneers should last for years.

Veneers are:

  • A long-term solution
  • Suitable for permanent discolouration
  • Can also help with issues such as spacing, uneven, or mildly misaligned teeth