Patients who have chipped, cracked, or yellowed teeth may be in a position to learn more about cosmetic dentistry solutions for the smile. Mesa, AZ patients who visit Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry to learn about restorative solutions may be told to consider porcelain veneers or composite bonding. But which one should you choose? What is the difference between the two? Both restorations are available to conceal imperfections in the smile, and are fast and affordable. But that’s where the similarities end.
What is a porcelain veneer?
The dentists of Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry can add porcelain veneers to the teeth near the front of the smile to disguise imperfections such as permanent staining, breakage, or even gaps between the teeth. These thin porcelain shells are fabricated to look just like the existing teeth and provide a long-term solution for imperfect smiles. Porcelain veneers can last a decade or longer, and are not susceptible to staining as other options can be.
What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a special material that can be applied to the teeth and hardened. This resin will bond to the surface of the prepared teeth. It can be matched in color, and the dentist can shape, cure, file, and polish it to look just like natural tooth enamel. However, composite bonding only lasts a few years because it is susceptible to staining. It can be easily placed or replaced during a single dental appointment. This material is also used in dental fillings when cavities are formed. This material is affordable, effective, and can be a wonderful alternative to porcelain veneers if patients are worried about cost and appearance.
What are the differences?
Because of the differences between bonding and veneers, it is critical for patients to ask these questions to determine which solution is better for their needs:
- How quickly do you want to have your restoration completed?
- How long do you want your restoration to last?
- Do you want to protect teeth that are sensitive or damaged?
- Are you worried about staining of the teeth?
Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry can assist in choosing a cosmetic solution for your smile
If you reside in Mesa, AZ or any of the surrounding communities and are interested in learning more about the benefits of porcelain veneers and composite bonding, contact our team by calling (480) 834-6991 and visiting the practice at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Ste. 1.