Veneers vs. Traditional Whitening: The Facts

If you are looking to improve your smile, you probably already know there are countless cosmetic dental procedures for you to choose from. Today, we’re going to give you a look at two methods generally used to restore smiles to help in your decision for a beautiful smile.


Dental veneers, also called porcelain veneers, are thin, custom-made tooth colored shells that are designed to cover the front surface of a chipped or discolored tooth. Generally these shells are glued or bonded to the surface of your existing tooth.

Veneers are made from porcelain or composite materials, each varying in cost. Typically porcelain veneers stain less than composite and resemble the natural tooth’s appearance. Composite veneers a thinner and require less removal of the tooth’s surface.

Veneers last anywhere from 5 to 10 years and are not suitable for those who have tooth decay, gum disease, weakened teeth, or who have an insufficient amount of enamel on the surface of the tooth.


Teeth whitening can be a simple, fast and effective way to improve the appearance of your smile. Typically a bleaching gel is applied to the teeth by your dentist to improve the appearance of stains or discoloration on the tooth enamel.

A whitening treatment can usually be done in one office visit or can be made available for you to take home. The whitening treatment can last longer by avoiding foods and drinks that can stain teeth easily and by practicing good oral hygiene habits.

If you have questions about dental veneers please give our office a call today at 360.464.9797!