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Dental Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers: Comparing Cosmetic Treatments

By drparr on May 14, 2017


A woman smilingThe team at our Virginia Beach dental care center offers patients the latest in cosmetic dentistry treatments. We have many ways to enhance the beauty of your smile, fixing the teeth as well as the gums. When it comes to fixing cosmetic issues with the teeth, dental bonding and porcelain veneers are common solutions.

Patients often ask us which one might be more ideal for them. Let's take a moment to compare dental bonding to porcelain veneers so you know which may be better given your needs.

About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding refers to the use of tooth-colored dental resin to mask imperfections that affect the teeth. This tooth colored dental resin is carefully polished to blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure. When the bonding procedure is completed, patients are able to smile with renewed confidence. The bonding material is durable, allowing it to stay in place for a long time. No one will be able to tell that they have undergone a dental procedure.

What Problems Can Dental Bonding Solve?

Dental bonding is an excellent treatment option for the following cosmetic dental issues:

  • Tooth discoloration and stains
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Small fractures
  • Minor gaps

Thanks to the effectiveness of dental bonding, multiple minor cosmetic flaws can be addressed thanks to dental bonding.

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are fixed to the fronts of people's teeth in order to mask cosmetic flaws from view. With porcelain veneers in place, major aesthetic problems that leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile can be hidden away. The material is semi-translucent, which makes the veneers blend in seamlessly with your teeth. Even up close, no one will be able to tell you have porcelain veneers in place.

What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Solve?

Porcelain veneers are an excellent treatment option for the following cosmetic dental issues:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Dental stains
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Fractures
  • Gaps
  • Crooked teeth
  • Issues with tooth asymmetry

Given the versatility of porcelain veneers, multiple problems may be solved with just porcelain veneers alone.

Is One Treatment Better Than the Other?

No necessarily. When it comes to dental treatment, the idea of "better" really depends on the needs of the patients. Some patients may be better suited for dental bonding. This is true of very minor aesthetic flaws that affect the teeth. For more serious aesthetic flaws, porcelain veneers tend to be a more ideal solution.

During the consultation process, we can assess your situation and determine if dental bonding or porcelain veneers is right for you and your needs.

Smile Makeovers: Combining Treatment Options

In addition dental bonding and porcelain veneers, some patients may be ideal candidates for smile makeovers. A smile makeover is an advanced cosmetic dentistry procedure that combines multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures. Smile makeovers are ideal for complicated dental issues. A combination of dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and other procedures may be used to help enhance the overall appearance of your smile. The results can be quite dramatic.

Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry

To learn more about dental bonding and porcelain veneers, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We'll be more than happy to go over each treatment option and help determine which one may be most ideal for you and your needs.

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