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Cosmetic Dentistry: Bonding vs. Veneers
A beautiful healthy smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. It can boost self-confidence, make you look younger and improve speech for starters. Advances in cosmetic dentistry gives us many options for achieving our best smile, but it can be difficult to determine which options are best. If you have flaws or minor imperfections in your teeth, you may be considering veneers or bonding so let’s explore them both.
Veneers are basically thin shells which cover the front of teeth. They are typically composed of porcelain or plastic and used to conceal more dramatic flaws such as large gaps or chipped teeth. Veneers are durable and difficult to stain, making them a favorite for people who want to dramatically improve their smile.
Porcelain veneers are custom created in a dental laboratory and placement usually requires two visits to the dentist. They do have a higher price point, but they also last longer. Composite veneers can be placed in a single visit where enamel is bonded to the tooth. They do cost a bit less, but they must also be replaced more often.
Dental bonding is recommended to mask minor imperfections such as cracks or exposed roots. It is a cosmetic technique which uses composite resin to cover minor flaws in teeth. The resin is applied by the dentist in a single visit and colored to match the patient’s natural teeth. It is hardened with a high-intensity light and then polished. Since composite resin is a porous material, it requires frequent brushing to maintain color quality and it must eventually be replaced.
There are pros and cons to both veneers and dental bonding. If you need to mask imperfections in your teeth and improve your smile, call our office today. Our highly trained staff is always happy to help you explore your options and answer all your questions. It is our goal to help you achieve a healthy, gorgeous smile.
Contact our caring team at the office of Dr. Randy Parham today!
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