Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers
You’ve chipped a tooth, or are having a cavity repaired, but don’t want a traditional silver filling spoiling your smile. What are your options? Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are two different routes to the same goal- healthy teeth and a great-looking smile. Whether you’re considering the procedures for cosmetic reasons or need repairs, one of these options may be best for you.
Although both procedures include covering the tooth surface with a protective material, there are some key differences between bonding and veneers. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are bonded to the teeth. Porcelain veneers are individually created to fit the teeth. They are more expensive than composite, but last ten to fifteen y ears or more. When applying porcelain veneers, your Dr. Gardner will need to shape the tooth to prepare it for the veneer.
Composite dental bonding material can be bonded to the teeth in a single visit. The composite material requires only a slight roughing of the surface of the tooth to enable it to bond. This material lasts five to seven years. Dr. Gardner will apply the resin, shaping and coloring it to match your natural teeth. The resin is then hardened using a special high-intensity light, before it is polished.
Which is Right for Me?
The choice between veneers and composite bonding depends upon your specific situation and goals. Composite bonding is best for emergency repair of a chipped or broken tooth, as the process takes only one visit. For those looking for a more permanent solution for a perfect smile, porcelain may offer more durability. Cost in both terms of time invested and finances is lower with composite bonding.
If a long-lasting, perfect smile is an important goal, porcelain may offer the best solution. If the desire is to repair a broken or chipped tooth, or to achieve a more attractive smile at a reasonable cost, composite bonding is an excellent solution. If you are in the James Island, SC area, come in for a consultation at Three Trees Dental and discover whether dental bonding or porcelain veneers are right for you.