Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that has increased in popularity in recent years. Everyone wants to have the bright, youthful smile that helps them smile with confidence. But tooth whitening is not necessarily the best procedure for everyone. Although tooth whitening gives great results, its results may be limited by:

  • The type of staining on your teeth
  • The natural color of your enamel
  • The thickness of your enamel

During your consultation, Dr. Pamela Marzban will talk to you about these factors and in some cases may recommend trying tooth whitening to see if you are happy with the results. In other cases, she may let you know that tooth whitening will not address your concerns and recommend porcelain veneers for whitening.

Porcelain veneers may be the best whitening option if you have teeth that are either naturally grey or yellow, have thin enamel, or have stains that are part of the enamel or deeper layers of the tooth. Veneers are also a good option if you are looking to correct other problems with your smile, such as chipped, crooked, gapped, or misshapen teeth.

Other times, it might be good to combine the two procedures. If, for example, you have a tooth that is discolored due to trauma or developmental irregularities, you might have your teeth whitened and then have that tooth veneered to match the shade of your other teeth.

There are many options that can help you get the smile you desire. To learn more about your options in the Fairfax, Virginia area, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban today for an appointment.