Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers - Which Is Best for You?
By Stephen Rogers on April 30, 2018
Patients sometimes visit their dentist because they are not satisfied with their smile. Perhaps they have stains or chips on their front teeth, or they have gaps between the teeth that detract from their appearance. Whatever the reason, they have several cosmetic dentistry options for treatment. Among these are dental bonding andporcelain veneers.
Dr. Stephen E. Rogers and his fellow professionals at Greater Long Island Dental on Long Island, NY, are experienced cosmetic and restorative dentists. They frequently discuss the pros and cons of dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers.
Ways to Brighten Your Smile
There are several techniques for achieving a more beautiful smile, and the doctors at Long Island Dental have them all at their disposal.
If your teeth are not properly aligned, they can straighten them using Invisalign® clear plastic aligners. If they are broken down or misshapen, they can restore them with crowns or tooth-colored fillings. If they are discolored, they canwhiten them, using either our NiteWhite® at-home treatment or our in-office ZOOM!® whitening treatment.
Two other excellent methods that are available to give your teeth a more appealing appearance are dental bonding and porcelain veneers.
Each form of treatment can be accomplished at Greater Long Island Dental in a single appointment without the use of local anesthetic. Each also achieves the desired goal in the same manner: by providing a coating, or veneer, over the front of the teeth to mask imperfections. These can include discoloration, tooth chips and defects, and minor spacing issues.
Though similar in principle, bonding and porcelain veneers each has its own set of pros and cons.
Bonding is often the treatment of choice because it is more affordable than porcelain veneers.
It involves cleaning and etching the enamel of the tooth and then bonding a thin coating of tooth-colored composite resin over the front of the tooth. When it hardens, it is sculpted and polished to achieve a natural appearance.
This material comes in various shades, so it can be matched to the adjacent teeth. Another positive aspect of this technique is that it is entirely reversible. If you decide you are not happy with the result, it can be removed as easily as it was placed.
The downside of this method is that the result is not quite as good in appearance or as durable as a porcelain veneer. However, it is still a good option for a quick, affordable, and esthetic fix that can last for years.
This is a thin, porcelain shell that is digitally custom-fabricated in the Greater Long Island Dental office, using the latest CAD/CAM technology. It is designed to cover the face of a tooth and mask imperfections. It too can be accomplished quickly, although it may take a little longer than a bonding procedure.
The tooth is first conservatively prepared by removing a small amount of surface enamel. It is then etched, and the porcelain veneer is bonded directly to the tooth. The result is beautiful and natural looking, and the restoration is highly durable.
Which Technique Is the Best?
Both dental bonding and a porcelain veneer can achieve the desired goal of creating an esthetically pleasing smile. Either can be the best choice, depending on the needs of the patient.
The doctors at Long Island Dental have several proven techniques for enhancing your smile. If you would like to learn more, give them a call. They are equipped and trained to provide a full range of cosmetic and restorative services. Call the office today at (516) 468-7103 for a consultation appointment or contact us online.
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