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Teeth Whitening vs. Veneers: The perfect cosmetic option for your wedding

Achieve a radiant smile for your dream wedding with teeth whitening vs veneers. Discover the best cosmetic option.

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable and photographed events of your life. As you prepare to embark on a new chapter, we know having a radiant, confident smile is a top priority. With so many cosmetic dentistry options available, deciding between teeth whitening and veneers can be a difficult choice. This article is here to help you choose the best cosmetic option for your perfect wedding day smile.

Close-up of a woman's smile showing a comparison of teeth before and after teeth whitening; the left side of the image displays yellow teeth, and the right side shows bright, white teeth.

Teeth whitening: A quick and affordable smile brightener 

One of the quickest and budget-friendly ways to improve your smile for your big day is teeth whitening. This popular procedure is designed to lighten and remove any discoloration or stains from your teeth, making for a dazzling smile.

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The whitening process: How it works 

At Aspen Dental, we offer an in-office teeth whitening treatment, as well as an at-home teeth whitening kit. 

1. Quick and easy brightening

We use Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening LED light technology to upgrade your smile up to eight shades, in just 90 minutes. This option is perfect for those that keep a busy lifestyle and want to get an upgraded smile in one go. 

2. Transform your smile from home

Keep your smile shining with a take-home care kit - including custom-fit trays and professional grade whitening gel. While you’re receiving treatment from the comfort of your own home, this process may take a bit longer (as little as two weeks). 

3. Plan before prosthetics

Considering a crown or bridge? It may be helpful to get a whitening treatment first. Doing so can help your Aspen Dental dentist match your prosthetic to your natural teeth post-whitened, ensuring you the best shade for your smile. 

A bright, radiant smile has the power to light up life's most special moments - whether it's a wedding, graduation celebration, or simply enjoying a fun night out with friends. The benefits of whitening at Aspen Dental go beyond just stunning immediate results. With a rejuvenated, brilliantly white smile, you'll feel motivated to keep up great oral hygiene routines like brushing, flossing, and regular dental check ups to maintain that vibrant, radiant appearance. It's a smile makeover that keeps on giving.

A woman smiling while a dental professional holds a shade guide next to their teeth for color matching, ensuring the perfect fit for their new dental veneers.

Veneers: A comprehensive smile transformation 

Now, if you’re seeking a more long-lasting solution that shines beyond your big day, you may consider veneers. These custom-made thin coverings that are placed over the front of your teeth, transforming your smile for the long stretch.

The veneer process: A journey to your dream smile

1. Understanding veneers

Veneers are a permanent cosmetic solution that enhances your smile, but require removal of tooth structure. If veneers chip or come off due to grinding, more invasive crown procedures may be needed. Veneers aren't suitable for everyone, so consult your dentist to determine the best treatment plan for your specific concerns.

2. Ideal candidates

Those dissatisfied with the size, shape, spacing, or severe crowding/overlapping of their natural teeth may be good candidates for veneers or other cosmetic dental procedures. However, if you are generally happy with the appearance of your smile but want a "refresh," teeth whitening may be a better and more affordable solution.

3. The veneers process

The first step to veneers is a consultation with your dentist, followed by treatment planning, preparation, placement and evaluation. The actual process involves a precise removal of enamel to make sure the veneers fit just right. Next, your dentist takes impressions of your mouth to custom-make your veneers, ensuring the best natural fit. Last in the procedure is bonding the veneers to your teeth, transforming your smile.

Advantages of veneers for your bridal look

We know having the perfect smile on your wedding day is important and can help you feel your very best on your big day. With veneers, you can address a variety of oral cosmetic imperfections in one. Further, this option will leave your smile stunning in photos for many, many years to come, not just for when you say, “I do.”  

A comparison chart showing teeth whitening vs veneers. Bar graphs indicate costs and longevity for each option, with veneers having higher costs and lesser longevity than teeth whitening.

Comparing teeth whitening and veneers for your wedding smile

As you prepare for your special day, it's essential to weigh the pros and cons of each treatment to make the best decision for your unique needs and goals. 

What they can achieve

  • Whitening is ideal for removing surface stains and brightening your natural smile 

  • Veneers and crowns offer a versatile solution to address various cosmetic concerns for a complete smile makeover 

Cost considerations

  • Whitening is more affordable, especially with at-home kits 

  • Veneers are a higher investment but can be cost effective with the proper care and maintenance


  • Whitening results are temporary, lasting several months to a few years with proper maintenance 

  • Veneers provide a more permanent transformation

Making the choice for your wedding day

Ultimately, the choice between teeth whitening and veneers will depend on your lifestyle and the recommendations from your dentist. If you’re more comfortable with the shape of your teeth and are looking for a fast and easy solution to have a whiter and brighter smile, teeth whitening is going to be your best bet. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a transformative smile that will last longer and are looking to solve a few dental concerns, visit your Aspen Dental dentist for an exam and option that is best suited for you.


Can whitening damage my teeth? 

When performed correctly under the guidance of a professional, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. Some temporary sensitivity is common but shouldn't damage your teeth if done safely and correctly. 

Are veneers reversible? 

No, veneers are a permanent solution as a small layer of enamel is removed during the process. However, with proper after care and good oral hygiene, they may last for years. 

How soon before the wedding should I whiten or get veneers?

For best results, it's recommended to have whitening treatments 2-4 weeks before your wedding day and veneers placed at least 4-6 weeks in advance to allow for any necessary adjustments. 

Are veneers better than teeth whitening?

Veneers may be a better option if you're dissatisfied with the shape, size, or alignment of your teeth, or if you have issues like chips or cracks, while teeth whitening could be the ideal solution if you're content with your smile's appearance but wish to brighten it or correct discoloration. However, it's best to consult with your Aspen Dental care team to properly assess your unique situation and develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and desired outcomes.

A bride and groom smile joyfully as flower petals are thrown around them. The bride holds a bouquet of white roses and wears a veil; the groom is in a blue suit.

Next steps: Preparing for your dream wedding smile

As you plan your perfect wedding day, don't overlook the importance of a radiant smile. Schedule a consultation with your local Aspen Dental dentist to discuss your options and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and timeline. 

Your wedding day is a celebration of love and the start of a new journey. With the right cosmetic approach, you can confidently embrace your special day, knowing your smile will be as beautiful and unforgettable as the memories you'll create. 

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