As dental technology improves, the sheer number of cosmetic dentistry options available to patients has grown significantly. At Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico, Albuquerque patients can choose from various techniques, including porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Both techniques are useful for correcting a wide range of cosmetic issues. But which is the best option for you? That all depends on your dental needs and what each option has to offer.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin yet highly durable porcelain shells that are affixed to teeth in order to cover cosmetic flaws. These custom-molded shells can be applied after your dentist has prepped your teeth for these shells by removing a small amount of surface enamel. In most cases, a cosmetic dentist will apply porcelain veneers to several teeth at once, or even an entire row of visible teeth, rather than an individual tooth. Porcelain veneers are able to quickly and effectively disguise and correct a wide range of cosmetic dental flaws including:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Stains and discoloration
- Teeth that are too short
- Misshapen teeth
Because of their ability to drastically alter the outward appearance of your crooked teeth in only a couple of visits to the dentist, porcelain veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics.” This can make porcelain veneers an appealing option for busy professionals who must maintain appearances and lack the time required for traditional braces.
One important thing to keep in mind is that, because of the prepping process, porcelain veneers are a permanent investment - if a veneer is lost or becomes stained or worn over time, you will need to replace it. But for patients seeking a dramatic improvement to their smile, this is often a preferred choice.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding utilizes composite resin, in fact the same composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings, to treat dental flaws. After applying this resin directly to the tooth being treated, your dentist will use tools to contour the resin to create a perfect shape and then use UV light to cure the resin and develop a strong bond to the tooth.
Dental bonding is able to repair most of the same issues as porcelain veneers - your cosmetic dentist can use it to fill in gaps between teeth, color correct surface stains, add contouring to misshapen teeth, or reinforce teeth that have chipped or cracked.
Whereas porcelain veneers are often applied to a series of teeth, dental bonding can be used to correct flaws on individual teeth. Because of both this and the fact that no custom molds are required, dental bonding is often a more affordable option than porcelain veneers.
Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist Today
An experienced and knowledgeable dental professional can help you make the best decision regarding the dental procedure that’s a best fit for your aesthetic goals. Contact Dr. Byron W. Wall at Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico to schedule a consultation and further discuss the benefits of porcelain veneers versus dental bonding today.