Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist Reviews How Porcelain Veneers and Teeth Whitening Work Together

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Feb 12, 2013

Sometimes the easiest way to achieve a beautiful, perfected smile is actually combine multiple cosmetic treatments. Different treatments, when used in combination, can target specific aesthetic problems and be tailored to meet your specific needs. Our Elmhurst cosmetic dentist office works with patients to develop cosmetic treatment plans that meet their goals, budgets, and timeline. Today we’re going to be talking about two popular cosmetic treatments that are often used together—dental veneers and teeth whitening.

How do each of these treatments work, respectively?

Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are used to recover teeth. Because they’re shaped and shaded to look like natural enamel, they blend seamlessly with natural teeth. Dental veneers are used to cover dark enamel, chipped teeth, and to make misaligned teeth appear to be in line with other teeth.

Dental whitening lightens the appearance of natural enamel. Dental enamel accumulates stains over time, and some patients feel that dark enamel makes them appear older. With professional teeth whitening you can lighten and brighten your smile in only a few dental appointments.

So when do these treatments work well together?

Patients can benefit from teeth whitening and dental veneers when they have damaged teeth that they want to correct, and they want to lighten their overall smile. If you have teeth that are crooked, or cracked, dental veneers can fix those problems. Professional teeth whitening will lighten the color of your natural teeth and make your overall smile appear younger and fresher. Your dental veneers will then be shaded to match your whitened dental enamel—so your whole smile will look naturally perfect.

This is just one common example of how cosmetic dentistry treatments are used together to achieve stunning results. If you’ve been thinking about transforming your smile, give our Elmhurst cosmetic dentist office a call! At your first consultation we can talk about what cosmetic treatments might be best for your specific smile.