If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry in Houston, you may be thinking about getting dental bonding or porcelain veneers. But what’s the difference, and which treatment is a better choice? Find out by reading this blog post from EaDo Family Dental, and scheduling a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Bianca Williams or Dr. John Ma.
Understanding Veneers And Their Benefits
Let’s start by discussing the basics and benefits of veneers. Veneers are very thin, yet durable shells of porcelain. They are designed to cover up the front surfaces of your teeth completely, covering up a wide variety of cosmetic flaws like stained teeth, gaps in your smile, minor chips, misshapen teeth and more.
Veneers are placed in a two-step process. At your first appointment, your teeth need to be trimmed down slightly. This ensures that the veneers can be accommodated without adding bulk to your teeth or changing your bite.
Then, Dr. Williams or Dr. Ma will take images and impressions of your teeth. These are sent to a lab where each veneer will be hand-crafted. You’ll come back after a few weeks to have these veneers permanently placed on your teeth, and then your treatment will be done.
Veneers have some unique benefits that make them a good choice for cosmetic dentistry. They are highly versatile, they can strengthen your teeth, and they are made of a strong, durable porcelain material that will never become stained. Veneers also last a long time, with a lifespan of 10-15 years.
Understanding Dental Bonding And Its Benefits
Next, let’s discuss dental bonding. In this treatment, a special type of tooth-colored resin will be applied directly to your teeth. This is actually similar to the process of getting a filling. But while fillings are used to fill up cavities (holes) in your tooth, bonding is used to reshape your tooth and add more material to the outside of the tooth’s structure.
The process begins by cleaning your teeth. Then, Dr. Williams or Dr. Ma will apply a mild etching acid to the teeth that will be bonded. This roughens the surface so that the bonding will adhere tightly to the tooth. Then, they will apply a tooth-colored bonding resin, which they will sculpt, harden, and trim to restore the shape of your tooth.
The biggest difference between dental bonding and veneers is that bonding does not require any permanent removal of your enamel, which some patients prefer. Additionally, bonding takes only one appointment, and it’s typically much cheaper than veneers.
However, bonding also is not as durable or versatile, and it also does not last as long. Bonded teeth usually need to be repaired every 5-8 years, compared to the 10-15 year lifespan of veneers.
What’s Better For You? Find Out At EaDo Family Dental!
Overall, veneers are a more expensive and long-lasting option, but they require permanent alterations to your enamel. Bonding is cheaper and doesn’t require enamel removal, but doesn’t last as long.
Still not sure which of these two treatments is right for improving your smile in Houston? Contact EaDo Family Dental online or call at (713) 474-2334 for a consultation with Dr. Bianca Williams or Dr. John Ma, and explore your options in further detail.