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Cosmetic Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?

Cosmetic Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?

Published on January 12th, 2016

When trying to improve your smile, there are many options to consider, and one of the most important is what method you want to use to reshape your teeth. Among the procedures available in cosmetic dentistry are porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental bonding. Both are good, functional options, but each offers unique benefits which must be taken into consideration when choosing between the two.

How They Work

Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They are individually shaped to fit your mouth and correct any visual flaws in your teeth, including size, shape, color, spacing, and position. Dental bonding uses the same materials used in tooth-colored fillings to repair and reshape teeth. Visually, both have similar effects: your teeth will receive natural-looking alterations to correct any apparent flaws. The main difference is in the materials used.

The Benefits of Cosmetic Bonding

The chief advantage of dental bonding in cosmetic dentistry is price: it is generally the least expensive method to alter your smile. It can also be done quickly in a single visit, whereas porcelain veneers can take longer to craft. The drawback is that the alterations made by dental bonding have a shorter lifespan than other methods; they last several years but aren’t permanent. However, they may still be the best option in your individual case.

The Benefits of Veneers

Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting, with a lifespan of at least ten to fifteen years and often much longer. Although more expensive than dental bonding, they are a good long-term solution. However, not everyone is a good candidate for veneers. They depend on the existing structure of your teeth, and if your teeth are in poor condition, veneers may not be usable.

A Choice that is Right for You

Ultimately, the best option depends on the details of your specific case. Dr. Skleba can help you choose during a consultation. Call our office to schedule an appointment, or request one online, and get the benefit of Dr. Skleba’s experience and expertise to get the quality cosmetic dentistry you deserve.

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