There is nothing worse than having a smile you feel you must hide. When imperfections and flaws keep you from enjoying time spent with your family and friends, it is time to consider your options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. With so many available treatments, how do you know which one is right for you? If you are having trouble choosing between porcelain veneers and bonding, take the time to learn about each one and why one might be the better solution for your individual dental needs.
If you think of them as little masks for your teeth, porcelain veneers are thin shell coverings that bond to the front of your teeth and hide a variety of cosmetic flaws, including:
They are custom-made to the size, shape, and color of your liking and serve to instantly improve the look of your smile. Porcelain veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics” because of their ability to dramatically change your smile in less time than braces.
Instead of placing a thin covering over an imperfect tooth, direct dental bonding offers a less invasive approach to hiding cosmetic flaws. Using a composite resin that is matched to your natural tooth color, your cosmetic dentist will place it directly on the tooth before shaping and sculpting it, blending it in a way that prevents others from noticing a difference between your teeth.
Direct dental bonding hides many of the same problems, including:
With direct dental bonding, your dentist can quickly fix minor imperfections at a much lower price, so if affordability and a less invasive procedure are what you are looking for, this might be the solution for you.
It is often most difficult trying to determine how best to improve the look (and health) of your smile. If your dentist has suggested porcelain veneers or direct dental bonding are two viable solutions, here is how you can tell which one you should invest in:
Cost – Direct dental bonding is significantly less expensive than porcelain veneers simply because there is no custom creation required. Other than matching the composite resin to your smile, you can achieve a new and improved smile for a cheaper price.
Longevity – Porcelain veneers do tend to last longer (15 years) than direct dental bonding (10 years); however, much of the longevity of your treatment depends on how well you take care of your smile.
Convenience – If you do not want your treatment to take multiple dental visits, direct dental bonding should be your choice. It only takes one visit, whereas, porcelain veneers require two appointments.
Complexity – Both treatments cover a wide variety of cosmetic flaws, but porcelain veneers are known to be used for cosmetic/serious problems, in comparison to direct dental bonding that is typically used for minor changes.
No matter which method of cosmetic dentistry you choose, you can feel confident and comfortable knowing a qualified team of professionals will give you the results you desire.
Dr. Michael Giovine attended Western Washington University in Bellingham before later going on to the Oregon Health and Science University where he earned his doctorate. As one of three dentists at Allen Creek Family Dentistry, he and his colleagues are devoted to helping patients improve their oral and overall health. Whether it is preventive care or cosmetic dentistry services, we can address your dental needs with care and compassion while covering imperfections and improving the aesthetics of your smile. Contact us via our website or by calling (360) 651-2900 to learn more about how we can help you with one of our many services.