Veneers VS Whitening

Image Source:

If you are looking to transform your smile, you may have come across two popular treatments – porcelain veneers and teeth whitening or bleaching. Both will allow you to obtain whiter teeth and a beautiful smile. But before making a choice, here’s a little more information on the two procedures:

Teeth Whitening

A commonly performed treatment, teeth whitening (or teeth bleaching) involves applying bleaching agent to whiten the teeth. This treatment is minimally invasive and specifically targets tooth discolouration by removing stains and reversing the effects of routine wear.

The best results are achieved through a professional dentist and the type of whitening treatment you choose. At Dr Levi’s, we offer three different whitening options generally taking up to 45 minutes to 75 minutes and lasting around 2-5 years. Although you may see immediate results, this treatment is not a permanent solution to discolouration or stains, and maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to keep results lasting longer.


When whitening fails to correct bigger discolouration issues, dental veneers may be the next best option. Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front of the tooth to transform the shape, colour and appearance of the tooth to obtain your desired look. They are able to cover worn out tooth enamel, uneven alignment or spacing issues, discolouration, chips or cracks; and although they require less preparation of the natural teeth they are more invasive than teeth whitening.

The procedure is typically completed over a six week period with multiple dental visits of which can last up to several hours. Veneers can last up to 15 years or longer before needing to be replaced.

Please note that both treatments will rely on the candidates’ oral health, and factors such as poor oral hygiene, gum disease or tooth decay can inhibit whitening and dental veneers.

At Dr Levi’s Smile Shop, we specialise in assisting our patients in achieving a stunning, white smile. If you are unsure about veneers and would like to discuss teeth whitening, find out more information on our three whitening treatments HERE or contact us on (02) 9283 1900 or via our contact form.