If you would like to rejuvenate and revitalize your smile, Forney Family Dentistry and Orthodontics offers numerous cosmetic dentistry treatments that will allow you to accomplish your goals. Among the most popular and highly effective of these are dental bonding and porcelain veneers, two time-tested treatments that produce consistently exceptional results.
When discussing the issue of dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers during consultations at our Forney, TX cosmetic dentistry practice, our dentists carefully explain each option to patients so that they can make confident, informed decisions about which is best suited to their cosmetic goals. Both treatments offer unique benefits compared to one another, while both have disadvantages that patients will want to consider before proceeding.
Are you a good candidate for porcelain veneers, or is dental bonding the best choice for your smile? To find out for certain, please schedule your initial consultation with one of the esteemed dentists at Forney Family Dentistry and Orthodontics today.
Comparing Dental Bonding to Porcelain Veneers
The purpose of dental bonding and porcelain veneers is essentially the same. Both treatments aim to rejuvenate smiles by concealing aesthetic imperfections such as cracks, chips, discolorations, and flaws in shape or size. The two treatments fulfill this purpose in very different ways, however.
Dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin material, color-matched to the surrounding natural teeth, onto the front surfaces of cosmetically flawed teeth. Our dentists mold this composite resin so that each treated tooth blends in as inconspicuously as possible with the adjacent natural teeth in terms of their size, shape, color, and texture. The bonded teeth are then exposed to a curing light, which causes the composite resin to harden. The treated teeth are polished, and the procedure is complete.
Porcelain veneers are crafted from the finest ceramic material before they are placed on the teeth; each veneer is customized to blend inconspicuously into the smile according to precise specifications provided to a dental laboratory by one of our dentists. When the custom veneers return to our office, they are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth after a tiny amount of enamel has been removed to accommodate each veneer. Because porcelain, like tooth enamel, is translucent - meaning it allows some light to pass through its surface rather than simply reflecting it - veneers are remarkably natural looking.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers
Dental bonding pros:
- Excellent, immediate results that can last for five years or more
- Does not require alteration of the natural tooth and therefore is a reversible procedure
- Generally less expensive than porcelain veneers
Dental bonding cons:
- Not quite as natural looking as porcelain veneers, though still very attractive
- Does not usually last as long as porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers pros:
- Exceptionally natural looking, even on close inspection
- Highly durable - can last for ten years or longer with proper care
Porcelain veneers cons:
- Requires some minor removal of tooth enamel prior to placement - the procedure is not reversible
- Generally more expensive than dental bonding
Learn More about Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers
To find out whether dental bonding or porcelain veneers is right for you, please contact Forney Family Dentistry and Orthodontics today.