If you have stained or discolored teeth, you probably feel a little embarrassed about your smile. Don’t sweat it. Most people don’t have perfect smiles. However, if it’s really affecting your life, you might consider the different whitening options available to you. At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane Valley, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions to help you achieve the beautiful white smile you’ve always wanted. With the following information, determine whether you should get porcelain veneers or professional teeth whitening to achieve your goals.

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Porcelain Veneers for Teeth Whitening

If you’re looking forever-lasting results, porcelain veneers for teeth whitening might be the right option for you. When you opt for porcelain veneers, you’re saying goodbye to your porous teeth that become stained at the first sip of coffee. Instead of whitening your teeth, porcelain veneers cover the fronts of your teeth with porcelain colored to any shade you desire. Since porcelain is not a porous material, it doesn’t stain or absorb any color. This means you can maintain a beautiful, white smile for the next ten years without doing any sort of maintenance.

On the downside, if you want a completely white smile, we will need to place veneers on all your front teeth which can be costly. However, if you think of how many professional teeth whitening visits you won’t need to pay for in the next ten years, it makes more sense to get veneers in the long-term. Veneers can also hide cracks, chips, gaps and reshape your teeth to look perfect. If you have the money or would like to look into financing options, porcelain veneers are the superior choice.

Professional Teeth Whitening

On the other hand, professional teeth whitening is more cost-effective and delivers beautiful results. At our Spokane Valley dental office, we use Zoom! professional whitening which can whiten your teeth up to seven shades. It gets rid of surface stains in addition to stains underneath your enamel. You can expect your results to last up to a year before you need to have another treatment.

Unfortunately, severe staining doesn’t always respond to professional teeth whitening treatments. This is when we would recommend porcelain veneers or dental crowns instead. We can also complete your professional whitening treatment in as little as an hour in our office! If you have a big event coming up, this is an easy way to achieve instant results.

If you’re unhappy with the current color of your teeth, Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane Valley has several cosmetic options for you to choose from. Please call us at (509) 927-2273 to schedule an appointment or contact us online today.