Do I Need Teeth Whitening or Veneers?

At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry we offer a number of options for improving the beauty of your teeth. In order to address teeth stains you may benefit from one of two procedures, teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Which one will best brighten your smile?

Removing Stains with Teeth Whitening

For most forms of discoloration we will suggest Kor Whitening. The procedure combines at-home and in-office techniques to remove discoloration and brighten teeth by multiple shades in between a week and ten days. First, you will come to the office for an initial treatment. When you return home you will have a set of whitening trays and bleaching gel. You will wear the trays each day for the amount of time the dentist recommends. Finally, you come to the office again and receive a final treatment. This option and remove stains on and below the surface.

Masking Discoloration with Porcelain Veneers

Veneers involve masking teeth stains and correcting cosmetic issues by placing a thin porcelain restoration onto the surface of the teeth. The material is stain-resistant and long lasting, mimicking the appearance of natural tooth enamel. For discoloration that is permanent, such as interior stains caused by injury, fluorosis, or the use of tetracycline, we can use veneers to cover them. Many permanent stains are severe enough that they require more than whitening to address.

Which Benefits My Smile Best?

That will depend on the severity of your teeth stains. First, we will perform a free cosmetic consultation. After examining the teeth we will assess the cause and level of staining. From there we can decide which option will work best. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact our office today. We can help you achieve a beautiful, stain-free smile.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To Contact us, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.