Veneers or Bonding - Which is Right for You?
No single cosmetic treatment is right for everyone.
No two patients have the same unique concerns, needs, or desires, so cosmetic smile makeovers come in all shapes and sizes.
Two popular treatments for concealing or reshaping your teeth for a better appearance are porcelain veneers and bonding. They both seem to address the same problems, so what's the difference?
First, you should know a little bit about what each treatment offers:
Dental veneers consist of a super-thin shell of translucent porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are customized at a dental lab to fit each tooth perfectly and conceal flaws like slightly misaligned teeth, wide or uneven gaps, and spacing, and broken or chipped teeth.
Veneers are custom-made in our dental laboratory to fit the tooth or teeth to be covered for a seamless appearance. The entire process takes only two visits to complete, but the results can last up to 20 years with proper care.
However, because some surface enamel must be removed to accommodate veneers so they fit properly, the process is irreversible.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a popular solution for many esthetic flaws. During the process, a tooth-colored material is applied to a tooth to improve its shape, size, and appearance.
This material can be used to fill in small gaps between teeth, repair a broken tooth, or cover teeth that have permanent stains that are resistant to professional whitening.
Dental bonding is commonly used as an alternative to porcelain veneers because it is more affordable, faster, and just as effective at restoring the beauty of your smile. Bonding is not permanent, however, and will eventually need to be replaced.
We Will Help You Decide
As you can see, both treatments have advantages and disadvantages, and the one you choose depends on your needs and preferences.
If you would like to know whether bonding or porcelain veneers are right for you, please call our Washington, PA dental office. A member of our team will assist you in arranging a consultation with Dr. Pruce to discuss your needs.