We are always in an eternal search to get creative and enhance that picture-perfect smile. Transforming our smiles tends to stop and start around dental bonding and porcelain veneers.
These two cosmetic dentist procedures are typically the top choices in cosmetic dentistry to create a beautiful smile. Both cosmetic dentistry options have several advantages and disadvantages.
The choice really depends on your dental needs, desires, and financial budget. It is very common to question if dental bonding or porcelain veneers are right for you since they share so many of the same characteristics. Regardless of what you decide, you will love and appreciate your newly improved esthetic smile.
Choosing The Best Cosmetic Procedure
Dental bonding is part of the cosmetic procedures that has been used in dentistry for many, many years as a cost-effective and simple, fast way to enhance your smile. The main benefit of dental bonding is that it is non-invasive and can correct smile imperfections ranging from tooth discoloration to gaps and spacing.
For a small chip in a tooth or to restore tooth decay in a cosmetic smile area, dental bonding is a great way to restore your smile.
Other benefits of dental bonding include:
- Cheaper financially compared to porcelain veneers or crowns to restore and beautify a smile.
- It can quickly sculpt a tooth to alter the shade and shape of a tooth.
- Maintenance is minimal. Dental hygiene is similar to our natural teeth.
- Requires usually only a single quick dental visit.
The downsides to dental bonding are that it is usually not a permanent fix and sometimes requires repairs over time and replacements if it stains chips or fractures.
Still, many patients will choose dental bonding and continue to replace it as needed or use it until a more permanent cosmetic solution like porcelain veneers, or dental crowns can be completed.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a premium, high-quality service in cosmetic dentistry. It is often easy to notice celebrities and social media influencers with perfect smiles because of porcelain veneer treatment, creating what is called a “Hollywood Smile.”
Porcelain veneers at your dentist in Las Vegas, Nevada, can help transform a dull or uneven smile into one which is bright and esthetic in appearance.
The advantages of getting porcelain veneers include:
- Porcelain does not stain like typical dental bonding.
- Porcelain veneers tend to be considered a more permanent solution. They can last at least ten years if proper care is maintained.
- Veneers are very durable and can withstand very strong forces.
- They are custom-made to match the shape, color, and size of your adjacent teeth.
Porcelain veneers are the most popular cosmetic dentist options to restore and enhance a smile. It does, however, come with a higher financial price. They are also slightly more invasive than teeth bonding.
The preparation for porcelain veneers requires removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the porcelain veneer shell. One downside is if you grind your teeth, veneers can chip or fracture.
Dental Bonding Versus Porcelain Veneers
Although bonding and veneers are both great cosmetic dentistry options, they have considerable differences when you look at the details of each option. For some patients wanting to correct a single tooth flaw or fix a small chip, dental bonding usually is the first option.
However, if you are looking to transform your entire smile or have several imperfections that need adjustment, porcelain veneers or even dental crowns may be the better cosmetic option. Veneers and crowns will give longer protection and more esthetic dental materials compared to dental bonding.
Some of the main differences between dental bonding and porcelain veneers:
Dental bonding is significantly less expensive than veneers. While bonding can typically range from $100 to $500, veneers can cost upwards of $1500 for each tooth.
Bonding generally takes just a single dental visit, while veneers may take two or even three dental visits to complete.
Dental porcelain is much more translucent and natural-looking than tooth colored composite resin. Both designed and fabricated to mimic the look of your natural teeth, but veneers are custom fabricated to exactly match the size, shape, color, and translucency of your natural teeth.
Dental veneers are much more durable than bonding. Bonding can chip and stain quite easily. Veneers’ lifespan can last up to a decade or more if proper dental hygiene is maintained well. Veneers can last 10 to 15 years, while bonding usually lasts between 5 and 7 years.
FAQ: Should You Choose Tooth Bonding Or Porcelain Veneers?
This question comes up often, and the usual response depends on the patient’s goals and the budget. Here are three things to consider when deciding:
Dental veneers fabricated from porcelain will always cost more than the composite resin material used for tooth bonding. Since Veneers are considered permanent, they can save you money over the bonding that may break or have to be replaced eventually. Porcelain veneers work better when covering discolored teeth, while dental bonding will work better to repair chips or gaps.
Both veneers and bonding are designed to match the color of your surrounding smile. Veneers are stain-resistant, unlike the bonding resin, which will likely change color over time. Dental bonding is more useful for chipped or damaged teeth.
Dental veneers are made for permanence with strong dental porcelain. They can last 10 to 25 years if properly cared for. While they are not unbreakable, dental porcelain is more durable than dental bonding resin.
Depending on the cosmetic concerns each patient has, a combination of dental bonding and porcelain veneers may be the best option for your smile.
Cosmetic bonding is an excellent tool for cosmetic dentists, but it has its limitations, as mentioned above. Porcelain veneers are THE choice for patients who want that perfect smile. Schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation appointment with Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to start your journey towards a dream smile in Summerlin, Henderson, and Las Vegas, NV. Our team is eager to assist you with your oral health and smile makeover needs.
Dr. Marielaina Perrone is a highly respected and experienced dentist in Henderson, Nevada, with over two decades of expertise in providing quality dental care to her patients. She graduated from Stony Brook University School Of Dental Medicine and has completed advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and orthodontics.
Dr. Perrone is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry and continuing education to provide the best possible care for her patients.
Dr. Perrone takes a patient-centered approach and believes in personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s unique needs and preferences. Her gentle and compassionate demeanor creates a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for patients during their dental appointments.
Aside from dentistry, Dr. Perrone enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking. She also volunteers her time and expertise to various charitable organizations in her community.