So you have decided to make 2016 the year of your best smile yet, and you’ve already decided to seek cosmetic treatment. But now you are not sure which procedure will be the best way to improve your smile’s appearance. It can be tricky deciding exactly how to go about fixing your smile, especially if this is your first time seeking cosmetic treatment. Fortunately your cosmetic dentist can help you make that decision easier, but so can a bit more knowledge about two of the most popular and comprehensive forms of smile improvement, cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers.
When Are Veneers the Right Choice?
Porcelain veneers do generally take longer to complete than cosmetic bonding, since the veneers will first have to be carefully crafted for you and then shipped to your dentist. But, veneers are also designed to last a long time with proper care, making them a wonderful long-term investment, and one that will not require special maintenance or dietary restrictions.
In fact, they are one of the most durable forms of cosmetic treatment available! That is because, like dental crowns made of porcelain, veneers are natural-looking, but also stain-resistant and chip-resistant like your natural teeth’s enamel. This is why many patients can enjoy them for ten years or longer, so long as they maintain regular dental hygiene and dental checkups.
Remember to Talk to Your Dentist
Both bonding and veneers have special benefits, and so deciding which is right for you (or if a combination of treatments is actually necessary) can seem overwhelming at first. Fortunately, your cosmetic dentist can help narrow the options and help you settle on the perfect treatment, or combination of procedures, to achieve your desired smile enhancements. Just make sure you’re honest about your expectations, as well as your lifestyle, so your dentist can help you make an informed decision that will work with your goals and habits.