How to Get a Hollywood Smile: Whitening vs. Veneers

If you’re looking to achieve a smile that’s worthy of Hollywood, Joe Eckford Jr., DDS can help. At Houston Precise Dental Care, Dr. Eckford and his staff offer several minimally invasive services to enhance your smile and boost your overall oral health.

Why your smile is less than perfect

There are a number of factors that influence how your smile appears. One of the most common issues affecting the appearance of your teeth has to do with your diet.

If you eat or drink things that stain your teeth, like berries or coffee, or use tobacco products, stains can become deep-set over time as they settle in below your enamel. You can also develop age-related stains as your enamel thins out and reveals the soft, yellowish dentin below.

Another common reason you may be unhappy with your smile is because of the small cracks or chips that happen as a result of trauma to your mouth. Cracks and breaks can also occur because of instability in your teeth caused by poor oral hygiene or underlying health conditions.

When you eat a lot of hard foods, your risk of breaking or cracking a tooth also increases. These imperfections can leave you unhappy with the appearance of your smile and also lead to more serious dental complications.

Options for restoring your smile

At Houston Precise Dental Care, we offer two popular solutions for repairing your teeth and restoring your smile. Depending on your needs and cosmetic goals, Dr. Eckford can recommend the right service for you.

Options for getting a Hollywood smile include:

Teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening is the safest and most effective way to address stains in your teeth, especially the deep-set stains that aren’t treatable with over-the-counter whiteners and whitening toothpastes.

During professional teeth whitening, Dr. Eckford applies a concentrated bleaching agent to a custom-fit tray that fits perfectly over your teeth. The bleaching agent effectively lifts stains without harming your teeth or existing dental work, such as fillings.

The Zoom! teeth whitening system we use allows you to whiten your teeth at home in just one weekend. Your teeth appear whiter and brighter, giving your smile a healthy, more youthful appearance.


Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that fit over the surface of your teeth to correct tooth problems, like chips or cracks. You can also use veneers to address irregularly shaped teeth that interfere with a healthy smile.

Dr. Eckford offers veneers for people who want to instantly improve the overall appearance of their teeth. The veneer process involves two appointments – one to make impressions of your teeth to send to a lab that creates the veneer. He also prepares your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel.

During the second visit, you receive your permanent veneer that’s bonded directly to your teeth, enhancing both the appearance and strength of your tooth. Veneers also resist stains from tobacco and foods to keep your smile bright and white.

You may also be a candidate for Lumineers®, an alternative to traditional porcelain veneers that are thinner and require less preparation.

Get started on your Hollywood smile now

Because both teeth whitening and veneers can give you results quickly, you can have a restored smile within just a few days. In-office treatments ensure you’re ready for the next big social event, your wedding, or other major occasion where you want to look your best.

Dr. Eckford provides a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums to determine which restoration service is right for you. All you have to do is schedule a consultation at Houston Precise Dental Care by calling the office or by booking an appointment online today.

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