Tooth Whitening and Veneers
Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry Expertise
Teeth darken over time for several reasons. Some, like lifestyle choices, can often be effectively treated with topical teeth whitening treatments performed at our comfortable Ardmore office. However, when your discoloration is underneath the enamel or your teeth are severely stained, Dr. Lindsey Marshall may recommend covering the affected teeth with porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth colored restorations that are placed over the front of your teeth. Because they cover the front of the tooth entirely, the location and extent of discoloration is inconsequential and, because they can be colored to match adjacent teeth, they can be used as a conservative approach for correcting just a few teeth at a time. The best use of veneers in your smile will be determined by Dr. Marshall during your cosmetic dentistry consultation.
Tooth Whitening with Porcelain Veneers
Dr. Marshall offers a number of options for tooth whitening with porcelain veneers. In addition to traditional veneers, Dr. Marshall offers the premium brands Empress Veneers and Lumineers®. The ideal solution for your smile will be dependent on factors such as how many veneers are being placed and the extent of staining being covered.
Both Empress Veneers and porcelain veneers require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel for placement. This allows them to fit unnoticeably into your smile. These two options are slightly thicker than Lumineers, making them better suited to cover dark stains and more pronounced discoloration.
Lumineers are thinner than other types of veneers. Due to this, Dr. Marshall will not need to remove as much of your natural tooth enamel for their placement. However, the thinner material may make Lumineers ill-suited to cover darker stains, necessitating one of the thicker alternatives for optimal tooth whitening.
Dr. Marshall provides individual attention to all of her patients. During your initial consultation she can assess your smile and help you decide which type of veneer is best for you.