Bonding and Veneers for Dental Problems Large and Small

Happy SmilesNo two smiles in Augusta are created alike, and dentists take this into consideration each time they are asked to perform a cosmetic procedure. If you are interested in making your front teeth look better when you smile, there is a strong possibility that the dentist will need to help you to decide between resin bonding and porcelain veneers.

Each of these procedures can produce impressive cosmetic results, but their individual strengths and weaknesses mean that you’ll need to ask yourself (and your dentist) a few questions to select the one that is right for you.

What cosmetic issues are you interested in correcting?

Resin Bonding: Small spaces between the teeth, uneven biting edges, and small defects in the enamel can be corrected by bonding small amounts of tooth-colored resin composite material to the teeth.

Porcelain Veneers: By covering the entire front surface of the teeth with a thin layer of porcelain, broader issues like discoloration, chipped edges, gaps, or overlapping can be corrected.

How Many Teeth are Involved?

Resin Bonding: Minor cosmetic problems and issues that are related to a small surface area can be easily treated with resin bonding.

Porcelain Veneers: Widespread cosmetic problems that involve 2, 4, 6, or more of the front teeth should typically be addressed with veneers to give the smile a more uniform and consistent appearance.

What are Your Long-term Goals?

Resin Bonding: Although resin bonding is a very durable material, it may begin to wear away or accumulate stain after several years. When this occurs, the bonding will need to be replaced with more bonding or a different restoration. Bonding is an excellent short-term cosmetic choice.

Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain is an extremely durable material which can be expected to last for more than 10 years with proper care, making it an excellent choice if you are seeking a long-term cosmetic solution.

Talk to a dentist in the Augusta area today for more help in selecting the cosmetic procedure that is most suitable for you.