Ideally, the smile should be filled with healthy, strong teeth, and, if most patients had their choice, those teeth would also be bright, white, and attractive. While many patients may not be able to achieve that ideal smile naturally, there are many dental treatments available that can help patients correct those imperfections that are keeping them from having a beautiful smile. In fact, there are so many cosmetic treatments available that the question is not “Can I improve the appearance of my smile,” but “How should I improve the appearance of my smile?” Porcelain veneers, which are restorations that fit over the teeth to conceal flaws, are one popular option. Dental bonding, the application of dental composite material to hide imperfections, is another. For our Denver patients, examining dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers can help patients make the choice between these two cosmetic treatment options.
Dental bonding is known as a direct bonding procedure because it involves the application of tooth-colored composite material directly to the tooth. Placed over cosmetic flaws such as tooth stains, chips, cracks, or dental gaps, this material is then shaped to the tooth so that it appears to be a natural part of the tooth’s structure. After being shaped and molded, the bonding material is hardened with a dental light so that it becomes a strong part of the tooth. Dental bonding is beneficial to patients because it is an affordable and non-invasive procedure that can adequately conceal imperfections and create a more attractive smile for patients. However, the applications of dental bonding are limited as to how many teeth can reasonably be treated. If a great number of the teeth are flawed, or if those flaws are severe, dental bonding is not likely the ideal treatment.
Like dental bonding, porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of the smile by concealing cosmetic flaws. However, porcelain veneers are a form of indirect bonding because these restorations are fabricated based on dental molds and are then bonded to the tooth or teeth after they are complete. Porcelain veneers can treat up to an entire set of teeth in just a single treatment (which typically consists of two dental appointments) and can address a wide range of flaws including discoloration and stains, chips and cracks, gaps, misshapen teeth, and even minor misalignment problems. Porcelain veneers is a more expensive treatment than dental bonding and also requires permanent alteration to the teeth, so they are better suited for patients who are looking for a more permanent solution for their cosmetic flaws.
Both dental bonding and porcelain veneers can be very effective in improving the overall appearance of the smile by eliminating visible signs of cosmetic imperfections. Based on each patient’s unique needs and the aesthetic goals they have for their smile, Dr. David Redford can recommend which treatment option may be best.
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If you have concerns about the appearance of your teeth, Dr. David Redford and his team at University Dental Arts can help you create a beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services and which may be right for you. We look forward to hearing from you!