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Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which Is Right for Me?

August 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — premierdental @ 12:02 am
Teeth whitening side-by-side comparison.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the demand for cosmetic dental work in the US has actually doubled within the last five years! More people than ever before are opting to enhance their pearly whites, and two of the most popular ways they go about it are porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. But you might have questions about which of these two treatments is right for your smile. Here’s more from your cosmetic dentist in Herndon about these two awesome solutions and what they can potentially do for your pearly whites.

Teeth Whitening

Tooth discoloration can occur for a variety of reasons—sometimes it can occur naturally and for explanations beyond our knowledge or control, and other times, it’s self-inflicted. But no matter how they’ve become stained, teeth whitening is one possible solution for brightening their appearance. Your dentist has access to professional-grade whitening agents that are more effective than anything you can purchase yourself. They can safely and effectively polish your teeth and remove them any visible staining in one quick visit, with results fully manifesting in a week or two and lasting up to three years. They can also send you home with a whitening kit that has everything you need to whiten on your own schedule.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes, a smile needs a little more help than what teeth whitening can offer, or teeth whitening simply isn’t able to give patients the results they were hoping for. In these cases, porcelain veneers can give your smile the whiter and brighter appearance that you’re hoping for, but the benefits don’t stop there—they’re also capable of addressing several different aesthetic issues including minor chips and cracks, gaps between teeth, and more. They’re crafted from a special, durable dental porcelain and precisely shaped to fir your smile. Once bonded to the outer surfaces of your teeth, they instantly improve their appearance tenfold. With proper care, veneers can last for up to 15 years, making them more of a long-term solution than teeth whitening.

Picking the Best Option for Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is elective, meaning that patients choose whether or not they’d like to receive a certain procedure. That said, picking the right cosmetic option for your smile will depend entirely on the results you’re trying to achieve—as well as what your dentist can and will perform! So if staining is all you’re wanting to address, teeth whitening might be your first choice. However, if your smile needs more than just a paint job and you have noticeably damaged or compromised teeth, veneers might be the solution you’re looking for.

Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you—so knowing that it looks its best will go a long way towards making great first impressions and boosting your overall self-confidence. Whether you go with teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, your smile is sure to look incredible.

About the Practice

The team at Premier Dental Care is honored to serve the dental needs of the Herndon, VA area under the leadership of Dr. Farshad Bakhtyari and Dr. Pooyan Refahi. Their practice is pleased to offer a wide range of available services including cosmetic options like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. If you have any questions about the article or would like to arrange a visit, don’t hesitate to contact the practice online or over the phone: (703) 860-8860.

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