Should I Whiten My Teeth or Get Veneers?

Veneers Cosmetic Dentists Grandville MI

There are many pathways to a whiter smile, including teeth whitening and veneers. The best way to set yourself up for success is to book a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists in Grandville, MI. From there, you’ll be able to explore the different treatment options available to you so you can achieve the smile of your dreams.

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about the main differences between professional teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a great option if you have surface-level stains. Whether you love drinking coffee or tea, it’s important to realize that your diet can have a major impact on your smile. Likewise, it’s not uncommon for our teeth to yellow or gray with age. These combined factors make teeth whitening a popular procedure at our office.

At 44 West, we’re proud to offer both in-office Zoom whitening and take-home whitening trays. Through the first option, we’re able to noticeably whiten teeth by up to 8 shades in one appointment. Zoom in-office whitening is perfect for patients who have busy schedules and wish to noticeably whiten teeth in one visit.

If you’d prefer more gradual results, we also offer the convenience of take-home whitening trays. Not only are these trays custom fit to your smile, but you have the freedom to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home. It’s a win-win!

Porcelain Veneers

There are a few reasons to choose porcelain veneers over teeth whitening. First, teeth whitening only targets surface-level stains. This means that any intrinsic stains that affect the structure of the tooth itself won’t be touched.

For example, some patients may experience intrinsic staining due to fluoride overexposure or after taking certain medications. Under these circumstances, you may be a better fit for the veneers procedure.

Another reason to choose porcelain veneers is their ability to repair cosmetic damage to front teeth. For example, our dentists may recommend veneers to fix teeth with small chips, cracks, or gaps. A veneer is a restoration that covers the entire front surface of your tooth. As such, you can expect a dramatic transformation if you choose porcelain dental veneers.

A Full Smile Makeover

Some patients may choose to get both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. If this is the case, we would recommend whitening your teeth before getting veneers. That way, we can match the shade of your veneers to your newly whitened smile.

It’s not uncommon for patients seeking a smile makeover to have more than one procedure done at our office. To determine the best treatment options for your smile, please schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We’d love the opportunity to help you smile with renewed confidence!

Book a Consultation with a Cosmetic Dentist

Ready to take the next step? Our cosmetic dentists in Grandville, MI, are accepting new patients and would be more than happy to help you on your smile journey. To schedule an appointment, please call (616) 530-2200. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.