As you head back to work or school after summer vacation, are you considering making some changes to your smile? Fortunately, there is a wide array of cosmetic dental treatments from which to choose. Of course, it’s great to have all these options, but how do you choose which is right for you?
Today, the Novato cosmetic dentist talks about the benefits of porcelain veneers vs. those of dental composite bonding. Both procedures can be used to build up and change the shape of a tooth, but which is right for you in the long-term?
Choosing Porcelain Veneers
A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of dental material, usually porcelain, that replaces enamel and is bonded on to the underlying natural tooth.
Porcelain veneers are one of among the most aesthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. Your cosmetic dentist can place them on just one or several teeth to allow for alteration of the tooth’s shape, size, and color. Veneers require a minimal amount of tooth preparation and are a more conservative restoration than crowns, which require significant removal of healthy tooth structure.
In general, porcelain veneers provide a better look than composite bonding. Composite bonding generally stains over time, while porcelain veneers can’t. Veneers are a better long-term option because, if made beautifully and natural-looking, they will retain their look for up to 20 years. Bonding has a shorter lifespan – up to 10 years at the most.
Advantages of Dental Composite Bonding
The three advantages of composite bonding are:
- Less tooth structure needs to be altered
- One or several teeth can be treated in only one visit
- Since less time is involved and the material used, bonding costs less than veneers
Dental bonding is a good choice if you are younger. Whether you choose bonding or veneers, you will need to have them replaced at some point in your lifetime. So it’s a good idea to go with the less expensive option to start. You can always opt for veneers in the future.
Choosing the Right Solution for You
When choosing the right treatment for you, it’s important to communicate your wants and needs to your Novato cosmetic dentist. We will take all the time necessary to make sure we have a clear understanding of the results you are looking for. You are investing time and money, so you should be thrilled with the results, no matter which treatment you choose.
If you would like more information about dental bonding and veneers, please give us a call to schedule a consultation!