Do you often find yourself dreaming of a brighter or more beautiful smile? Do you frequently wish your teeth looked better, or that you had a different smile altogether? If so, you may have considered cosmetic dentistry in the past, but hesitated because you were unsure what the best way to go about improving your smile would be. For many patients with a variety of cosmetic concerns, the decision comes down to two main contenders, cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers, or even no-prep veneers. Both can create far more beautiful, yet still natural-looking smiles. So determining which treatment is right for you, is often a matter of talking with your dentist about your goals for your smile!
What Issues Are Hoping To Address?
Unless your only issue is teeth staining, the dentist may recommend either cosmetic bonding or veneers for enhancing your smile. That is because both can help hide a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as disproportionately small or large teeth, oddly shaped teeth, minor gaps between teeth and permanent or intrinsic discoloration.
What Are Your Goals for Treatment?
Though both bonding and veneers can effectively hide many of the same concerns, they do have unique benefits and a few disadvantages as well. In order to determine which is the better solution for your smile, talk to your dentist about your budget considerations, how quickly you hope to have the enhancements completed, and how long you expect them to last.
Here are a few considerations:
- Cosmetic bonding is an affordable and fast treatment option, thanks to the dentist’s own artistry being used to create the enhancements. The composite resin material used to craft the improvements is durable, but less stain-resistant than the porcelain used to create veneers.
Veneers are more expensive initially, than bonding, but they can create more long-lasting results because veneers are naturally stain-resistant. Most people can enjoy their veneers for ten years, or even more, so long as they use excellent dental hygiene and maintain preventive care.