Mar 17

Porcelain Veneers vs Teeth Whitening for Dental Stains

Veneers vs Whitening for Stains Rancho Mirage, CA

by Bruno Lemay, D.M.D.

A woman smilingA stainless smile is a beautiful smile. It’s something we’re all aware of, but having a beautiful smile sometimes seems easier said than done. Brush and floss regularly, you may still have stained teeth. That’s when a visit to our Rancho Mirage, CA cosmetic dentistry practice may be helpful.

Two popular options for treating stained teeth include teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Many patients wonder which treatment is better for them. Let’s take a moment to compare these two popular options for whitening your smile.

About Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening treatment is designed to bleach the tooth enamel, whitening stains away and leaving your smile looking brighter than before. Teeth whitening systems vary, but the principles are the same: the teeth are exposed to a bleaching agent, that causes the tooth structure to become whiter than before.

Candidates for Teeth Whitening

Good candidates for teeth whitening are people who suffer from surface stains of their teeth. They should have good dental health otherwise and understand the risks and benefits involved in the treatment process. Most people who suffer from tooth discoloration will benefit from teeth whitening to a certain degree.

When Is Teeth Whitening an Ideal Option for Stains?

As we noted above, teeth whitening is best for patients who have stains or discolored tooth enamel. This is the topmost layer of a tooth, which the bleaching agent immediately has access to.

Deeper stains cannot be treated through teeth whitening since the bleaching agent only address surface discoloration. This includes stains caused by medication use, stains that originate from inside of a tooth, and so forth.

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are adhered to the fronts of the teeth. Rather than bleaching a stained tooth, a porcelain veneer masks the stain from view. The semi-translucent composition of a porcelain veneer means that it will blend in seamlessly with your other teeth, and no one will notice it when in place.

Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Good candidates for porcelain veneers may suffer from a variety of cosmetic issues, including:

  • Stained teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Tooth asymmetry
  • Slight crookedness

The versatility of porcelain veneers is part of their popular appeal among patients and dentists alike.

When Are Porcelain Veneers an Ideal Option for Stains?

Porcelain veneers tend to be most ideal when a stain is too severe for teeth whitening to properly address. Since veneers cover up the front of a tooth, they are well-designed to address deep stains and discolorations. Teeth whitening may be performed prior to the placement of a porcelain veneer in order to improve the final cosmetic results.

Which Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Is Right for Me?

The best way to find out which treatment is right for you is to visit the practice for a consultation. During your visit, we can assess your situation and develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs. We will answer all of your questions and address your concerns so you can make an informed decision about advanced dental care.

Learn More About Treating Tooth Discoloration

To learn more about teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and your many other options for enhancing your smile, be sure to contact Desert Dental Alternatives. Our team will help you get the smile you have always wanted.

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