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Porcelain Veneer Alternatives in Woodland Hills, CA

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Are You Looking for the Perfect Smile Makeover Treatment?

A smile makeover doesn’t need to be complicated and requires multiple visits to the dentist. However, if you discover that porcelain veneers aren’t quite what you’re looking for, there are alternatives you can consider. Make your smile dreams come true by visiting John Chaves, DDS, where he’ll go over your cosmetic dentistry treatment options.

Contact our Woodland Hills cosmetic dentist today at 818-491-7294 to set up your consultation.

Achieve your dream smile with our renowned cosmetic dentist in Woodland Hills. You can smile confidently soon!

What Are Traditional Porcelain Veneers?

Traditional porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of teeth. They’re used to improve the appearance of teeth by correcting various cosmetic issues such as discoloration, chips, cracks, misalignment, or gaps between teeth.

However, they may not be right for every patient due to dental problems or for those looking to keep their natural tooth structure intact.

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Alternative to Veneers—Patient Options

Many of the following alternatives to veneers can fix various problems, including:

  • Misshapen teeth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Stained teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment that can improve the brightness of teeth by removing stains and discoloration caused by factors such as age, tobacco use, and the consumption of certain foods and drinks. Many cosmetic dentists offer professional tooth whitening treatments done in-office as well as custom take-home trays that can whiten your teeth over a few weeks.

At John Chaves, DDS, our Woodland Hills dentist offers ZOOM! teeth whitening treatment! In just a single visit to our Woodland Hills, CA, dental practice, a ZOOM! Whitening treatment can eliminate severe stains and yellowing to produce stunningly brighter teeth.

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Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is a popular alternative to porcelain veneers, offering a more cost-effective solution for smile enhancement. This procedure involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin directly to the surface of the teeth. The resin is carefully sculpted and bonded to the tooth, allowing the dentist to reshape, resize, or repair minor imperfections such as:

  • Repair decayed teeth
  • Repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improve discoloration
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Make teeth look longer
  • Change the shape of teeth

Dental bonding is a cost-effective, cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers. However, it may not last as long and may not resist stains as well as other cosmetic dental treatments.


While not specifically a cosmetic dental treatment, Invisalign is a clear aligner system designed to straighten teeth without the need for traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners are custom-made and are worn for approximately 22 hours per day. They’re virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and brushing.

Snap-On Smile

Snap-On Smile is a removable dental appliance that fits securely over the existing teeth, instantly transforming the smile’s appearance. This custom-made appliance is constructed from a thin, durable resin material that mimics the natural appearance of teeth. Snap-On Smile is an ideal solution for individuals seeking a temporary or reversible option for smile enhancement, such as those preparing for a special occasion or undergoing orthodontic treatment. It offers versatility and affordability, allowing patients to achieve a beautiful smile without the need for invasive procedures.

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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over damaged or decayed teeth to restore their function and appearance. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic composite resin, and metal.

Dental crowns may be a good option for individuals with a severely decayed tooth or a tooth that has been badly damaged, as they restore its function and appearance. However, the process of getting a crown typically involves more extensive dental work than getting dental veneers, and the cost can be higher.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. While they’re effective in treating a variety of orthodontic issues, traditional braces can be uncomfortable and can be a less aesthetically pleasing option for those looking to improve the appearance of their teeth.


Lumineers are designed to cover up cosmetic imperfections in your teeth, just like porcelain veneers. However, Lumineers are thinner and don’t require as much preparation as natural teeth. They can be placed directly on your teeth without any grinding or shaving of the tooth enamel. Lumineers are highly durable and stain-resistant, providing patients with a long-lasting solution for achieving a radiant smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, other options may be better than porcelain veneers depending on your smile goals and needs. Cosmetic dentistry treatments that may be better than porcelain veneers for you include dental crowns, dental bonding, and professional teeth whitening.

While Lumineers require less preparation of the natural tooth and can be reversible, they don’t last as long as traditional veneers. They’re also not as effective at hiding severely stained or damaged teeth.

Transform Your Smile at John M. Chaves, DDS

When considering which option is best for you, it's important to consult with your dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs. Schedule a consultation at John M. Chaves, DDS, in Woodland Hills today at 818-491-7294 to learn more about how we can help you achieve your smile dreams.

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