When it comes to enhancing the appearance of your teeth, you have quite a few options to choose from. You can, for example, make your teeth a few shades whiter with teeth whitening or you can alter the appearance of your gummy smile.
But, what if you want to fix a chip or correct uneven teeth?
Should you opt for porcelain veneers or dental bonding?
While both treatments can improve the aesthetics of your teeth, they differ in several aspects, including durability, cost, and procedure.
Let's find out more!
Composite bonding is a cosmetic procedure where the dentist applies a tooth-colored resin material to the surface of your teeth. Your Leavenworth dentist will then shape the resin to match your natural teeth and harden it with UV light. The result is a seamless, natural-looking tooth that can fix numerous cosmetic flaws like chipped, stained, or uneven teeth.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are custom-made shells of porcelain that cover the front surface of your teeth. They also can correct a range of cosmetic issues, including discoloration, gaps, and crooked teeth.
Porcelain veneers are more durable than composite bonding and can last up to 10-15 years with proper care. They also resist staining and provide a more natural appearance than composite bonding.
While both treatments can improve the appearance of your smile, the procedure differs tremendously.
As we already mentioned, composite resin involves applying the resin directly to the tooth surface. Moreover, the procedure can often be completed in a single visit.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, require removing a thin layer of tooth enamel to create a rough texture for the veneer. The dentist will also take an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab to create custom-made veneers. Once the veneers are ready, they are bonded to the teeth using a special adhesive.
Composite bonding costs less than porcelain veneers, making it a more affordable option for those on a budget. However, porcelain veneers are more durable and may be a more cost-effective investment.
The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on several factors, such as your oral health, the number of teeth you need veneers for, the experience of the dentist, and so on.
The choice between composite bonding and porcelain veneers ultimately depends on your individual needs and goals. If you are looking for a quick and affordable fix for minor cosmetic issues, composite bonding may be the right option for you. However, if you want a more long-lasting and durable solution that can address a wider range of cosmetic issues, porcelain veneers may be the better choice.
Dr. Jen Kirwan can help you determine which option fits your dental and aesthetic needs best. She will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health and guide you each step of the way.
Request an appointment online to see Dr. Jen Kirwan for a consultation.