It is estimated that a whopping one third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. Studies have shown that an attractive smile can help improve your love life as well as leave a great first impression.  Many leap at the opportunity to have some kind of cosmetic dental procedure done without properly thinking through the decision. For example, deciding to get porcelain veneers is a large commitment that cannot exactly be reversed. While getting veneers themselves is not a bad thing, and can go a long way to brightening up a smile, there are some alternatives available that offer a more temporary solution.

Porcelain Veneers Alternatives

Teeth Whitening

For many people, the main issue at hand is that their teeth are simply not white enough. If your teeth are in good shape, teeth whitening can be a good alternative if you are thinking about porcelain veneers but not quite ready for the commitment. Plus, you can always pick your dentist’s mind while you are there!

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a process where your dentist applies a tooth colored resin and cures it with visible, blue light which bonds the material to the tooth, leading to an improvement in appearance. This is a great option if you have some small gaps or cracks that are dragging your smile down.


BioClear is a relatively new procedure that, while similar to dental bonding, works in a different way. Where bonding uses a resin to bond material to your teeth, BioClear works through an “overmolding” technique that is more comparable to repaving a street. The developers claim it is superior to dental bonding in that the result is a more natural looking tooth that eliminates gaps in the teeth (commonly known as “black triangles”).

Speak With Your Dentist

It is important to know that you are not alone in making this decision. Your dentist can help you make an informed decision about what is right for your teeth. If you go to a well-trained dentist your porcelain veneers can look identical to natural teeth, and can last up to 20 years with proper care and maintenance. Dr. Siegel and his team can help you get beautiful porcelain veneers, or even answer any questions that you may have about the procedure. If you would like to learn more, or schedule an appointment please give Dental Excellence of Blue Bell in Blue Bell, PA a call at (610) 272-0828.