At Smiles for Life, Dr. Joe McIntyre and Dr. Dan Whiting offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic dentistry treatments designed to transform aesthetically flawed teeth into essential parts of a radiant, healthy-looking smile. Modern smile makeover techniques allow for more natural-looking and cosmetically pleasing results than ever before possible. Two of the most popular treatments used in smile makeovers are dental bonding and porcelain veneers, both of which can be customized to your unique needs and goals by our acclaimed dentists.
In discussing the issue of dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers during consultations at our Bridgewater, VA cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Whiting detail the advantages and disadvantages of each to patients. The ultimate goal of both treatments is the same, namely to produce vibrant, rejuvenated smiles that perfectly complement the individual patient’s facial features. However, the two treatments are very different in many notable ways.
Are you a good candidate for porcelain veneers? Or is dental bonding better suited to your smile? To find out, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. McIntyre or Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life today.
Dental Bonding Compared to Porcelain Veneers
Both dental bonding and porcelain veneers are highly effective at concealing aesthetic imperfections in teeth, such as cracks, chips, discoloration, minor gaps between teeth, and flaws in size or shape. When provided by dentists with the experience and skill of Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Whiting, both treatments look remarkably natural and can last for a decade or even longer. However, there are differences between the two:
- Dental bonding: The dental bonding procedure involves the application of a composite resin material directly onto aesthetically flawed teeth. Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Whiting match the color of this composite resin to match surrounding natural teeth and mold it so that the treated teeth blend seamlessly into the patient’s smile. Although the material used in dental bonding is not quite as natural looking as porcelain (for reasons detailed below), the procedure provides an excellent, cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. In addition, while traditional porcelain veneers require the removal of some enamel prior to their application, dental bonding does not necessitate any structural alterations to teeth.
- Porcelain veneers: Veneers are custom crafted from the finest-quality porcelain to cover the front surfaces of teeth. At Smiles for Life, we offer both traditional and, for appropriate candidates, minimal-prep veneers. Both types of veneers are customized to the individual patient so that they complement adjacent natural teeth in terms of size, shape, color, and even texture. Like tooth enamel, porcelain is translucent, meaning that it allows some light to pass through its surface rather than simply reflecting it. As a result, porcelain restorations are extraordinarily natural looking. They can last for ten years or longer with proper care, making them a good investment for most patients.
Learn More about Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers
To learn more about dental bonding and porcelain veneers, please contact Smiles for Life today.