Do you want to change your smile? You’re not alone and we can help you! There are many cosmetic dentistry procedures including the most popular, bonding and porcelain veneers. Both bonding and porcelain veneers have similarities. They both are used to correct dental imperfections. However, the procedures are quite different.
What is the difference between the two?
Porcelain veneers are fabricated from a solid piece of porcelain. They fit over the front and underside of your tooth covering the entire surface of visible tooth. Veneers can be fitted to lengthen or widen teeth to close gaps or fill in chips. Porcelain veneers are generally used for patients who have several cosmetic problems or want their entire set of front facing teeth made over. Modern porcelain veneers tend to last many years, are easy to care for (normal brushing and flossing is fine, no special care is required), provide a very natural appearance, and offer a stronger alternative to other cosmetic options.
Dental bonding uses a smooth tooth colored solution which is applied to teeth. It covers stains, and fills in small chips and gaps. After the dental bonding solution has been applied and shaped a specialized dental light is used to harden the bonding material. Once the bonding solution is dried and cured additional layers may be applied depending on your situation. When the process is complete the tooth is then polished. Bonding is used on patients who need one or two teeth corrected.
While veneers and bonding are cosmetic procedures used to treat similar problems, veneers may be a better alternative in cases where the patient wants to adjust the size or shape of the tooth.
For more information on cosmetic procedures contact Berry Hill Dentistry at 516-921-1717. Our friendly staff will get you scheduled for an appointment with one of our amazing doctors to help evaluate your need for dental implants.