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Porcelain Veneers or Bonding: Which Is Right for You?

December 15, 2020
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Posted By: White Smiles Family Dentistry
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No single cosmetic treatment is right for everyone.

No two patients have the same unique concerns, needs, or desires, so cosmetic smile makeovers in Springfield, MO come in all shapes and sizes.

Two of the most popular treatments that patients choose are porcelain veneers and bonding. While they both address many of the same problems, they work differently, so let’s take a look at what’s involved with each treatment:

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers consist of a super-thin shell of translucent porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are customized at a dental lab to perfectly fit each tooth and conceal flaws like slightly misaligned teeth, misshapen teeth, wide or uneven gaps and spacing, and broken or chipped teeth.

Veneers are fabricated at a custom dental lab and designed to conceal flaws for a seamless appearance. Getting veneers can take as little as two visits with your Springfield cosmetic dentist, but the results can last as long as 10 years with proper care.

However, because some tooth enamel must be removed to compensate for the veneers' thickness, the process is irreversible. 

How Does Cosmetic Dental Bonding Work?

Dental bonding is another aesthetic treatment that’s popular with our Springfield, MO patients. During the process, tooth-colored material is applied to a tooth to improve its shape, size, and appearance.
 
This material can be used to fill in small gaps between teeth, repair a broken tooth, or cover teeth that have permanent stains that are resistant to professional whitening. 

Dental bonding is commonly used as an alternative to porcelain veneers because it is faster and more affordable; bonding is not permanent. It will eventually need to be replaced.

Your Cosmetic Dentist Can Help You Decide

As you can see, both treatments have advantages and disadvantages, and the one you choose depends on your needs and preferences.

Dr. Preston and Dr. Shannon are experts in cosmetic dentistry, so instead of spending time searching for “a dentist near me” to help you, call White Smiles Family Dental. We will explain both procedures' benefits to help you make an informed decision about which is right for you.

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