Blemishes in your smile such as dark stains, chips, and small gaps can deflate your confidence. If you’re considering a cosmetic dentistry procedure to enhance your smile, you may be wondering about the differences between dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers. They can address many of the same cosmetic problems, but there are some key differences. At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group in Boston, MA, we can go over these differences with you so you can make an educated decision about your cosmetic dental treatment.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses composite resin to reshape and brighten the teeth. Composite resin is a tooth-colored material, which we can customize to match your surrounding teeth. The material is applied in layers and we can transform your smile in a single visit.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are thin ceramic shells. These shells attach to and cover the front of the teeth. They are custom-made, so the size, shape, and color will blend to create a beautiful smile. The placement of porcelain veneers is a two-part procedure. In the first appointment, we prepare the teeth and take impressions for the design of the veneers. In the second appointment (usually about two weeks later), we place the custom veneers.
What Issues Can They Address?
Both dental bonding and porcelain veneers can address an array of cosmetic issues, including:
- Chips and minor cracks in the teeth
- Dark dental stains that do not respond to whitening
- Small gaps between the teeth
- Slight overlap and crookedness
How Long Do They Last?
With proper care, both procedures are long lasting. Porcelain veneers, however, are generally more durable. Most patients enjoy their porcelain veneers for 10 to 20 years or more. Dental bonding, however, may only last up to 10 years.
How Much Do They Cost?
Dental bonding is the less expensive choice, as composite resin costs much less than porcelain. However, dental bonding will not last as long, so you will need to replace it within 10 years or so. Although veneers require a larger up-front investment, they will last much longer.
Are These Procedures Permanent?
Although the ceramic shells are wafer-thin, they can still create an unnatural and bulky appearance. To avoid this, we must remove a small amount of your tooth enamel. Because enamel cannot be restored, veneers are considered a permanent procedure. If a veneer chips or breaks, you must replace it to protect your teeth from damage and decay. Dental bonding is considered reversible.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Because we have to remove some of the tooth enamel with porcelain veneers, you may experience some tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity may come and go, and you may notice it most with hot and cold food and drink items. There are generally no side effects with dental bonding.
Find Out Which Cosmetic Option Is Right for You
If you are ready to determine which cosmetic procedure is right for you, contact Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group today to schedule a consultation.