Polk City Dentist Explains When Porcelain Veneers Are Preferable to Teeth Whitening

white smile polk cityWhen you smile into the mirror what do you see? Do you see a smile that you can display proudly to the world? Or do you see something that you would rather cover up? If it is the latter, your feelings about your teeth may be affecting you in more ways than you think, influencing your mood and your self-confidence. If yellow teeth are the source of your smile woes, you may have thought about teeth whitening treatment. However, there are certain circumstances in which porcelain veneers may be preferable to teeth whitening treatment. To learn about them, read the explanation below from your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelains, designed to look like teeth, which can be attached to the front surfaces of teeth. With them in place, a new smile can be created quickly, usually in 2-3 dental visits.

Porcelain Veneers vs. Teeth Whitening

There are certain circumstances in which porcelain veneers may be a better option than teeth whitening when it comes to stained teeth. One such circumstance involves intrinsic stains. Unlike extrinsic stains which occur on the outer surface of teeth and are reachable by whitening agents, intrinsic stains exist inside teeth and do not respond to teeth whitening treatment. Thus, porcelain veneers are a better choice for intrinsic stains as they do not focus on removing the stains, but instead mask them.

Porcelain veneers may also be a better choice when stains are not the only cosmetic issues affecting a smile. If, for instance, teeth have become pitted or damaged, veneers can mask the damages with a white and blemish-free smile.

Schedule a Visit with Your Polk City Cosmetic Dentist

Are you ready for a smile transformation? Porcelain veneers can give you a new smile in 2-3 dental visits. Contact your Polk City cosmeticdentist, Dr. Hussong, today by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001 to schedule an appointment or a consultation. Located in the 50226 area, we proudly welcome families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.