Which Is Better—Dental Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?
Wayde Fawcett, DDS, has extensive expertise in a wide range of aesthetic dentistry procedures that are ideal for concealing cosmetic imperfections. Whether your concerns are major or minor, there are typically several effective treatment options that can enhance the beauty of your smile. When teeth are generally healthy but their appearance is affected by the following issues, either porcelain veneers or dental bonding could be the right treatment:
- Gaps between teeth (not caused by missing teeth)
- Deep stains or discoloration
- Chips or cracks
Porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental bonding both have specific advantages and drawbacks that Dr. Fawcett can explain to you once he has assessed the condition of your teeth. The main difference between these options is the material each uses to enhance the appearance of the teeth. While dental bonding treatment uses tooth-colored composite resin to conceal areas with aesthetic flaws, porcelain veneers are thin-shells of durable, stain-resistant ceramic material that are customized to completely cover the front side of each tooth.
The pricing and longevity of each treatment are typically the deciding factors for most patients. Within a matter of about five years, bonding work can begin to yellow and must be replaced to regain optimal aesthetics, but the fact that it is a versatile, quick, and affordable treatment makes it an appealing choice. On the other hand, more costly porcelain veneers are often considered a worthwhile investment, as they can last for 15 years or more with proper care and can be used to correct additional cosmetic concerns such as tooth misalignment.
Let Dr. Fawcett help you determine the best way to create the beautiful smile you desire! Contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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