If your smile could do with a make over, you should know you’re not alone. Many people would love to correct imperfections that prevent them from smiling as much as they’d like to. Sorting out these problems could make you more confident in your smile, allowing you to show your feelings of happiness more often.
Our cosmetic dentistry treatments are quick and comfortable, and they can address some of your most important aesthetic concerns. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are two of the most popular treatments. If you’re currently shopping around for the best ways to improve your smile, you may want to gain a better understanding of these two treatments. A close comparison of their pros and cons would allow you to make an informed choice.
The Basics Of Dental Bonding And Porcelain Veneers
Both treatments are designed to enhance your smile by addressing various issues such as discolorations, gaps, chips, cracks, and more.
Dental bonding is a treatment that consists from the application of a resin to the surface of the teeth to be corrected, followed by a curing process that uses a special light. The effect of this light is the hardening of the resin. By the end of the procedure, the bond between the resin and the surface of the teeth becomes indestructible. On the other hand, veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth, thus correcting their imperfections and improving your smile.
Both treatments address various cosmetic concerns. They can be completed in one single visit to your dentist’s office. However, veneers may require up to three appointments to complete. Both treatments provide excellent results in a wide array of situations.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Bonding
Both treatments take a similar approach to addressing cosmetic issues. This is why many patients find themselves in the dilemma of choosing between these two options. Here are the main differences between bonding and veneers:
– Treatable Concerns – Even though both options can correct the same issues, veneers could work best for improving more severe concerns.
– Tooth Preparation – While dental bonding doesn’t require any tooth preparation, veneers call for the removal of a very thin layer of enamel from your teeth.
– Material – Dental bonding uses a composite resin that has the same color as your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are customized in the lab and they can have a different color than your natural teeth. Veneers are made from an extremely durable and stain-resistant ceramic material.
– Durability – Porcelain veneers can last a lifetime, provided that you take proper care of them. Regardless of your choice, make sure you visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to extend the life of your treatment.
– Price – More often than not dental bonding is less expensive than veneers. Nevertheless, you should know that you may have to replace the bonding more often than you’d have to replace a porcelain veneer. Our financing plans can make these treatments more affordable to a wider patient pool, so make sure you ask us about your options.
Your unique needs will help us determine which of the two treatments is right for you. Just schedule an appointment with one of our dentists and allow us to transform your smile for the better.