First appearances are important, and nothing stands out quite as well at your smile.
Quite often, our patients want to improve the appearance of their smile with whiter teeth or to replace gaps or chips. One of the easiest and most conservative ways to do this is with porcelain veneers or bonding, but sometimes cosmetic crowns are necessary.
In this blog post, we’ll go over the differences between cosmetic veneers and cosmetic bonding. In the next post, we’ll go over cosmetic crowns.
What are Dental Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells that are approximately a finger-nail thickness that covers the front surface of the tooth. They can alter the color, shape, and/or size of your teeth.
To prepare the tooth for a porcelain veneer, your dentist will remove about ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth’s surface. The dentist will then take an impression and you veneers will be made off-site at a dental laboratory.
This process takes approximately 3 weeks and usually does not require the patient to wear temporary veneers and has minimal sensitivity. If the area is too unsightly, or more sensitive, the dentist can make temporary veneers at an added cost. Always discuss your options prior to having your treatment started.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is very similar to porcelain veneers, but is made up of a resin-composite. Although this procedure requires less enamel to be removed than with porcelain veneers, they do not resist stains as well as porcelain veneers.
This procedure would be done chair-side and can be time consuming. Bonding does not require any lab time, and may also be used on smaller areas of the tooth to fix minimal staining and small chips or cracks.
Patients like this option since very little tooth enamel is removed; however, bonding does require more maintenance than a porcelain veneer or cosmetic crown.
Talk to your Dentist.
To make the best decision, talk to your dentist about any concerns you have and what your long term goals are. Your dentist will be able to provide you with additional insight into the best options for you and your smile. If you need a local Austin cosmetic dentist, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists at one of our 9 Austin locations by calling us at (512) 452-8200 or scheduling online.