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Should I Choose Veneers to Whiten my Teeth?


Are you looking to brighten your smile? Whitening your teeth by just a few shades can make a dramatic difference in the overall appearance of your smile. When it comes to getting whiter teeth from your Lake Forest dentist, you can choose a professional whitening treatment or porcelain veneers to address discoloration issues. Which one is right for you? We explore that question in this article.

Use a dental whitening treatment to transform your smile

Today, you have so many options available to whiten your teeth. You can choose an over-the-counter product, such as a toothpaste, an oral rinse, or even a store-bought kit. For ideal results, however, you want to opt for a professional teeth whitening treatment administered by an experienced cosmetic dentist in Lincolnshire.

Professional whitening treatments have several advantages compared to any store-bought method

  • They’re safe. You will be whitening your teeth under the care of an oral health professional, with the work overseen by one of our three cosmetic dentists. Furthermore, there is less risk of your whitening treatment causing heightened sensitivity in your teeth.
  • They’re convenient. In most cases, our staff in Lake Forest can complete a whitening procedure in less than an hour. You will start to see results right away, although it may take a month or so to reach your desired whiteness.
  • They’re affordable. A professional whitening treatment remains the most cost-effective method in cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of your smile.

At Lake Forest Smiles, we offer two different whitening treatments to transform your smile: the KöR® Whitening deep bleaching system and the ZOOM! Whitening system.

But, if you need more than just permanent teeth whitening, veneers may be a better option.

Veneers can conceal areas of discoloration

Made of a thin shell of dental porcelain, your Lake Bluff cosmetic dentist can use veneers to conceal areas of discoloration and make a permanent change in the appearance of your teeth. Your dentist can place a veneer on a single tooth or install them to cover all the visible tooth surfaces in your mouth, completely transforming your smile.

Reasons to use veneers to whiten your teeth include:

  • Superior materials. Dental porcelain is one of the finest mediums in all of cosmetic dentistry. It’s beautiful, durable, and translucent enough to mimic the light-reflecting quality of natural tooth enamel.
  • Customizable. Veneers can be tailored to any shade of brightness you desire.
  • Permanent. Unlike a whitening treatment, which will need to be repeated every month or two to maintain your desired brightness, veneers will look as gleaming white years from now as they will the day your veneers are installed.

It also is worth remembering that veneers can address discoloration while also resolving any other aesthetic issues you may have with your smile—such as the size, shape, or alignment of your teeth or the concealment of small chips, and cracks, or fractures in your teeth.

Should I choose teeth whitening or veneers?

This is only a decision that you can make and one that we recommend you make by scheduling a consultation with your cosmetic dentist at Lake Forest Smiles. At this meeting, your dentist reviews your oral health history and discusses your aesthetic goals. From there, you can use that information and work with your dentist to determine the right cosmetic treatment.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire in Illinois

Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, everyone can have the beautiful-looking smile they desire. Teeth whitening and veneers are just two of the treatment options available to the cosmetic dentists at Lake Forest Smiles. To find out more, schedule your initial consultation today. Just call our office at (847) 234-4800.

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