How they work: After removing a thin layer of enamel, the dentist glues on slim porcelain strips. (A week before, he’ll apply temporary veneers so you can see how real ones will look and feel.) Because of the price, these are suggested only for those with severe discoloration or money to burn.
The whitening effect: Whatever shade you desire; choose from about a dozen options. Lasts 20 to 25 years.
Good to know: If you can’t afford a full set of veneers, ask your dentist about a “mixed media” treatment, a combination of veneers and more traditional tooth whitening.
Average cost: $1,000 to $2,500 a tooth.