Veneers and Alternatives: Options to Amp Up a Smile

A. Foley on 1 Sep 2012 at 9:00am


When it comes to maintaining (or creating) pearly whites, Veneers have been a leading option to overhaul a smile. Porcelain veneers have a 58% Worth It Rating and an average cost of nearly $7,500, but what are the other options for people looking for a less dramatic, more budget-friendly alternative?

Here is some helpful Q&A from the RealSelf community that explores popular alternatives:


What is the Best Professional Teeth Whitening?

“The good news is - "All the teeth whitening systems work well." The bad news is- "None of them work well on everyone. People with yellow or brown teeth whiten easily. Those with grey or stripped teeth usually do not whiten well and require a cosmetic service like Porcelain Veneers or Bonding. Trays take longer, cost less, and one can control the amount of whitening better. Power bleaching in the office (Zoom, Britesmile) are very quick, cost more, and may whiten more than some people want.” – Mickey Bernstein, DDS

Porcelain Veneers vs Dental Crowns?

“Typically veneers are used when a patient would like to improve the shape and color of their teeth. Crowding and excess space issues can also be alleviated…Frequently crowns are used in cases in which there is less tooth structure due to tooth decay or in cases in which a tooth has undergone root canal therapy. Crowns can achieve all of the aesthetic advantages of veneers and should only be used when necessary.” –Ryan Sellinger, DMD

Does Invisalign Work On Crowded Teeth?

“Generally speaking, Invisalign can correct crowding. Some factors to consider are: extent of crowding and vertical and horizontal components of your bite…Through Invisalign, you may need the following: dental expansion, extractions of teeth, going in between the teeth and reducing width. Attachments can greatly help.” – Tony Cucalon III, DDS

More information, and answers to many other dental dilemmas can be found here.


With so many options out there, we'd love to hear your teeth whitening, straightening, and spacing stories below!


photo credit: Stewart C. Brody, DDS