If you have spent any time researching cosmetic dentistry options, you have probably already discovered the options of cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers. But since these treatments are designed to treat similar problems, how do you know which is right for you? Well, it’s not as complicated as you might think. You just need to consider what goals you have for your smile, your expectations of your enhancements, and how long and how much money you can commit to getting cosmetic treatment. By taking into consideration all these factors, you and your cosmetic dentist can best determine precisely which form of treatment is right for you and your smile!
A Bit About Bonding
Bonding is completed in the doctor’s office, generally in under an hour. And it relies on the dentist’s own artistry and craftsmanship, to help mold a composite resin around the teeth, to create more symmetrical shaped and sized teeth, as well as to fill in any small gaps.
It is often combined with contouring, as well, which is used to gently file away portions of the teeth that are disproportionally large. (Like bonding, contouring is also fast and affordable.)
In general, patients on a tight budget or with a short amount of time to improve their smiles, may prefer the affordability and timeframe of both bonding and contouring, though bonding, in particular does come with some limitations. For instance, the resin used is durable but not as stain-resistant as porcelain. This means smokers and heavy coffee or red wine drinkers, might be more confident receiving veneers, which are made to last much longer without staining.