Are you happy with the look of your smile? If not, then you should know that there are cosmetic dentistry options to fix any issues you may have with your grin.
Cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers are popular choices for patients looking to transform their smile by reducing the appearance of minor chips, cracks, gaps, or stains. Both options provide similar results, though they differ in more ways than one.
So, what is there to take into consideration before deciding which option is best for you? Of course, your dentist will be able to provide guidance about what will work for your unique smile, but here are the basics to get you started.
Cosmetic bonding is significantly cheaper than placing veneers, due in part to the fact that bonding utilizes a dental composite, whereas veneers are made of porcelain. Bonding is often chosen as an immediate solution for chipped or cracked teeth, as it can easily and quickly improve their appearance, but additional corrections may have to be performed down the line.
Veneers are more durable than dental bonding. Most likely, dental bonding will need to be redone after a few years, or even sooner if you have a habit of chewing on hard objects or experience any sort of dental trauma. Veneers generally last 10-15 years before they need to be replaced. However, because they require the removal of some of your natural enamel, getting veneers is an irreversible procedure.
The porcelain that veneers are made of will not stain over time from food and drinks like berries, tea, or coffee. Dental bonding, however, can change color in time and might need touching up or a replacement to match the color of your natural enamel again.
If you want veneers or bonding and a brighter smile, we recommend whitening your teeth first, before getting the cosmetic treatment, so the veneers or bonding composite can be color-matched to the rest of your smile. Both dental bonding and veneers will not respond to any whitening procedure.
Depending on your unique set of dental needs and your smile goals, you may be a better fit for veneers, cosmetic bonding or a combination of the two. Your dentist will examine the situation and recommend the best course of action for your needs, budget, and lifestyle. At Fox Point Dental Studio, we use modern technologies that help us create accurate models of your teeth and gums, and even simulate the results of various treatment plans before we even begin.
If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure to give you the smile you have been wishing for, schedule an appointment with Dr. Major or Dr. Zellmer and their team at Fox Point Dental Studio.
We will recommend the best cosmetic dental treatment, taking all the important factors into consideration. We have plenty of experience and we use state-of-the-art technology and methods to achieve the best results possible.
Contact us if you have any questions or to book an appointment in Fox Point.