Are you considering cosmetic dentistry to look professional or improve your social life? Fixing a distracting chip or gap in your teeth, or brightening worn-out, stained, or discolored teeth is becoming more popular to improve patient’s quality of life. There are a few cosmetic dentistry procedures available to create your dream smile. Two common dental procedures for a single tooth or a whole mouth smile makeover are dental veneers and dental bonding. Both of these treatment options have their pros and cons that will be explained in this article.
Green Family Dental in El Paso, TX provides dental services for patients across West Texas and Southern New Mexico that are looking to improve their appearance. We realize you probably have lots of questions when it comes to investing in your appearance and oral health. This blog post gives a general introduction to the advantages and disadvantages of dental bonding vs. dental veneers, but a personal consultation with our professional cosmetic dentist can help you make a more accurate decision on what treatment would work best for your goals and smile.
What is Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic dental bonding uses a special bio-compatible composite resin to enhance and improve the appearance of your teeth. The resin is made with tooth-colored materials that can be bonded directly to the surface of your tooth while matching the color to your teeth. Dental bonding is a simple yet effective treatment for fixing chipped teeth or broken teeth.
What is a Dental Veneer?
Dental veneers are porcelain shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover your teeth’ surface and improve their appearance. These are bonded to the front of your tooth to change the shape, color, size, or even length.
While this may sound painful, these are very thin and can be personalized to your teeth to ensure they are comfortable. They give your teeth a natural appearance while still enhancing your natural features, making them a great option for people that want a certain look.
Pros & Cons of Dental Bonding
When a tooth is being repaired with dental bonding, the resin material is ensured to match the actual color of your teeth so that no distinction can be made between your natural teeth and the ones that have undergone treatment.
The bonded tooth can also sustain damage just like your natural teeth can. All you have to maintain the bonded tooth for a long time to come is to continue your regular oral health regime of brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. A visit to your dentist twice a year will also increase the longevity of the treatment. No other care regime is necessary as the dentally bonded tooth becomes one with the original.
There can be some disadvantages of dental bonding that you should know about that have to do with the durability and longevity of the material applied for the dental bonding. Depending on your specific situation a crown may be longer-lasting because dental bonding only covers a small part of the tooth. Also, the wearing down of the composite resin can sometimes cause an obvious distinction between the natural part of the tooth and the part which has been restored via dental bonding. Discussing the treatment with our doctor will help understand more clearly which treatment is best for you.
Pros & Cons of Dental Veneers
The pros are that the gum tissue can tolerate porcelain veneers easily and are almost entirely stain-resistant. Another important thing to remember is that the covering will allow you to change the way your tooth looks without truly affecting the natural tooth itself. We will be able to shape the way your tooth looks without having to actually reshape it.
Dental veneers are typically going to last somewhere between 7 to 15 years. After a while, you will need to get them replaced by a professional to maintain the same aesthetic.
They don’t require you to provide exceptional care, so as long as you continue to follow proper dental hygiene routines, you’ll keep your new teeth coverings happy and healthy.
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Schedule a dental Veneer and Dental Bonding Consultation today by calling us at (915) 778-4681, or send us an email by visiting our Contact Us page. We will answer any questions you have about treatment or financial options.