Chipped, slightly cracked, stained or misaligned teeth can leave you feeling less confident and hesitant to smile. Thankfully, you have two cosmetic options to remake your appearance: porcelain veneers and dental bonding. The question, then, is which route should you take? Furthermore, is one procedure better suited for certain situations than the other? Read on to get some expert help with choosing between porcelain veneers vs. bonding, and prepare to have a smile that dazzles!
What are Porcelain Veneers?
The porcelain veneers process utilizes the finest in dental ceramic material to craft thin shells that fit directly over your front teeth. To ensure a symmetrical look, a cosmetic dentist will make sure the new fixtures match your existing teeth’s size, shape and color.
Typically, this procedure is geared more toward making aesthetic improvements by masking stains, gaps or misalignment. It generally takes two-to-three visits to complete the process, but when it’s done, you’ll be left with a smile that looks like it took months of treatment to achieve.
Better yet, with proper care, which includes brushing and flossing your teeth at least two times a day, your veneers can last up to 10 years.
What is Direct Bonding?
For patients who take the direct bonding route, compound resin material is added directly to the teeth to accommodate slight cracks, chips, stains, or gaps. Instead of prefabricated shells being placed, the putty-like material used for the direct bonding process will be added to the treatment area, shaped to blend with your other teeth and then hardened using a special light.
The bonding procedure is generally considered to possess more restorative qualities because of its direct application and malleability. It’s also popular among patients who are more cost-sensitive or time-conscious, as the entire process can be completed in just a single visit. And like porcelain veneers, the direct bonding results can last up to 10 years.
Which Procedure is Best for You?
The only way to determine which route is best to take, ultimately, is to visit your cosmetic dentist for a consultation. Here are some of the factors that will be taken into consideration:
- Your budget
- Your smile desires
- Any time constraints
- The condition of your oral health and bite
No longer do you have to dream of having your smile remade. Whether you choose porcelain veneers or direct bonding, you can finally achieve the look you’ve been desiring. To schedule an initial visit, reach out to your cosmetic dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Jason L. Montgomery earned his dental degree from Baylor’s College of Dentistry. Throughout his career, he has set a high standard of excellence, and to continue to further his knowledge, Dr. Montgomery has taken over 500 hours of continuing education. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, the “Texas Superdentist” creates beautiful smiles by either placing porcelain veneers or performing the direct bonding procedure. He can be reached for more information through his website.