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Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which Is Right for Me?

Dr. Hellwig Mar 9, 2017

A woman at a dental examPatients who come to our San Diego dental practice know that we have many ways to address dental problems. When dealing with flaws that affect the look of your smile, cosmetic dentistry treatments such as dental bonding and porcelain veneers are ideal. Both are effective in their own ways.

Yet which is better: bonding or veneers?

Let's take a moment to compare the two and see.

About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves the use of tooth-colored dental resin that is painted directly onto a tooth that is cosmetically flawed in some way. A tooth is carefully prepped to receive the bonding material. The resin is then painted on and then polished to blend with natural tooth sturcture. The tooth-colored resin helps mask an aesthetic problem from view, allowing you to smile with renewed confidence.

Problems That Dental Bonding Can Address

Dental bonding is a great option for treating the following aesthetic problems:

  • Minor chips
  • Minor cracks
  • Dental stains
  • Spots of tooth discoloration
  • Small spaces or gaps between teeth

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are designed to conceal a cosmetic flaw from view. They are, in essence, masks for the front portions of the teeth. Crafted in a dental lab, the porcelain veneers are carefully adhered to a prepped tooth. With a porcelain veneer in place, various aesthetic issues are totally hidden from view. The material is semi-transluscent, meaning that light passes through it much like your natural tooth structure.

Problems That Porcelain Veneers Can Address

Porcelain veneer are ideal at addressing the following kinds of aesthetic flaws:

  • Chips that are predominantly cosmetic in nature
  • Cracks that are predominantly cosmetic in nature
  • Dental stains
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Small spaces or gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Smile asymmetry

When Dental Bonding May Be More Ideal

While dental bonding and porcelain veneers have similar uses, the ideal treatment is based on a matter of degree.

Dental bonding tend to be most ideal for very minor cosmetic problems. The tooth-colored resin can go a long way toward improving the overall look of a tooth and, by extension, the overall appearance of your smile.

When Porcelain Veneers May Be More Ideal

Porcelain veneers tend to be more ideal when dental bonding simply isn't enough to improve the appearance of your smile. The veneers mask a tooth completely, and they are better able to address serious cosmetic issues of various kinds.

During a consultation at our practice, we can go over the smile makeover process and determine which treatments or combinations of treatments may be most ideal for you and your needs.

Smile Makeovers: Bonding and Veneers Together

For serious cosmetic flaws that dental bonding or porcelain veneers alone cannot treat, a smile makeover may be most ideal. This combines multiple cosmetic procedures to address problems of all kinds. Each smile makeover is customized to the patient to meet their unique dental care needs.

Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry

If you would like more information about your many different dental care options, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at our practice looks forward to your visit and discussing these issues in greater detail.

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