One of the most common ways to brighten your smile is with teeth whitening. Teeth become discolored for different reasons, and one form of tooth discoloration may not respond to whitening treatments like another form. We can help to determine if you are a good candidate for the type of teeth whitening you want. Another option for some of our patients may be porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of bonded porcelain attached to the front of your teeth to improve the way your teeth and smile look, as well as strengthen them. In addition to discoloration, porcelain veneers are also used to treat chips, gaps, cracks, and worn teeth. They can also cover teeth that are irregularly sized or shaped.
Teeth whitening usually works when your teeth have been stained by food and beverages. However, staining caused by medications, like tetracycline, some kind of physical trauma, or age-related discoloration, does not typically respond to teeth whitening procedures. This is when porcelain veneers may be the better option for you.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
If Dr. Whitmore has determined through his consultation with you that porcelain veneers are best for your particular needs, he will discuss what the next steps are. Beyond a brighter smile, some of the benefits of porcelain veneers include:
- Resistance to stains so your smile remains bright
- Addressing several imperfections at once, which can dramatically transform your smile in one procedure
- Permanence of the restoration offers a much longer result than teeth whitening alone can
Bonded porcelain is the only way to go for the longest lasting solution to stains on your teeth.
There are several ways porcelain veneers are a good alternative to teeth whitening. Finding out if this is the right treatment to enhance your smile only requires you to consult with Dr. Whitmore. If a simple teeth whitening treatment is your best option, then that’s what he will recommend. However, if he believes porcelain veneers may better suit your needs, he will discuss a comprehensive plan with you.
If you would like to find out more about porcelain veneers, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.