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Porcelain Veneers vs. Teeth Whitening

At Designer Smiles, there are few things we enjoy more than helping our patients gain confidence in their smile with one of our custom-tailored cosmetic dentistry options. When it comes to enhancing the teeth’s luster and reducing deep-seated discoloration, Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren often recommend two popular aesthetic treatments: porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. While both methods can combat stains, they’re unique in the additional advantages they can produce, as well the manner in which they’re performed. Understanding these differences can help you decide which path might lead you to your brightest smile yet!

Sometimes referred to as a “manicure for the smile,” porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. At our practice, we use top quality porcelain to craft veneers that match the patient’s natural teeth in shape and shade. As such, our veneers can address a variety of cosmetic concerns – not just discoloration, but cracks, chips, misalignment, and more.

Meanwhile, professional-grade Zoom!® teeth whitening treatments were designed specifically to reduce discoloration. We offer both in-office whitening (which involves the application of peroxide bleaching gel) and take-home trays (which are self-administered). In any case, the treatment aims to produce a noticeable yet natural-looking brightening effect.

In the end, both options should lead to the same destination: a beautiful, shiny smile that you’ll be eager to share with the world. With this goal in mind, one treatment may be your better choice depending on your aesthetic goals, oral health needs, budget, and other factors. If you’d like to learn more about teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or our other cosmetic dentistry options, don’t hesitate to contact Designer Smiles today!