At Aesthetic Dental Center of Bergen County, Ridgefield, IL, we have a variety of cosmetic procedures for correcting minor defects in teeth, so there is no lack of choices in this department for our patients.
Cosmetic dentistry really took off in the early 1980s due to the development of porcelain laminate veneers. This allowed patients to alter the size, shape, and color of their teeth through the placement of a thin layer of material that is bonded right onto the surface of the teeth. You can think of the design concept as similar to that of an acrylic false nail. This created an amazingly strong bond, particularly when performed on enamel rather than the softer dentin layer found underneath.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are a very thin shell that is attached to teeth to correct minor issues like chips, cracks or stains. There are two basic types: composite and porcelain. Porcelain has become the most popular choice for dental veneers due to its superior durability and stain resistance. However, composite is more inexpensive, making it a better choice for some patients.
The characteristics of composite resin are that it has a very porous nature, meaning that there are many tiny holes in its surface. Porcelain will not stain and helps to keep your gums healthier when placed properly. You can expect your porcelain veneers to last for around two decades before replacement is necessary. Composite dental veneers may require refurbishing or complete replacement after only three or four years.
Many dentists prefer composite bonding over veneers for younger patients because the preparatory work, when necessary, is very minimal. If you receive porcelain veneers, a significant amount of tooth structure must be removed prior to placement. So there is no going back with porcelain veneers; it is a permanent treatment.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure involving an initial preparation of the tooth to receive a resin that is directly applied onto its surface. After completely hardening this material, your dentist will polish and shape it to achieve your desired look. Although effective, dental bonding is not designed to last permanently.
We may recommend that you undergo dental bonding if you are looking to correct minor imperfections, particularly when the front teeth are involved. This is because less biting force is exerted on the front teeth. Depending upon factors like the extent of required bonding and the oral care undertaken by the patient, bonding may last anywhere from three to 10 years. Bonding is a quick and easy procedure that can be performed in only one office visit.
Things to Consider
When trying to decide between dental veneers and bonding, there are several factors that come into play:
Most dental veneers are constructed from porcelain that typically costs more than bonding materials. Since dental veneers are a permanent solution, they may wind up saving you money over the long run, because bonding breaks more easily and must be replaced more quickly. Dental veneers are often the best solution when you want to conceal stains that do not respond to teeth whitening treatments. Bonding is a better choice for repairing chips or gaps.
Both dental veneers and bonding are choices that blend in with surrounding teeth. But dental veneers have superior stain resistance, in contrast to the resin used in bonding that can eventually darken. Dental bonding is more appropriate for teeth that are chipped or damaged because it can be contoured to fit your teeth.
Dental veneers are designed to be a long-lasting solution for aesthetic problems with teeth. Although they are not indestructible, porcelain veneers are certainly more durable than bonding resins.
Your Treatment Goals
Depending upon your individual treatment goals, you may want to combine both veneers and bonding for the best of both worlds. If it's whiter teeth you want, you should probably first try professional teeth whitening. If the results do not satisfy you, you can always get dental veneers, with porcelain being the first choice for stain resistance.
Choose an Experienced Cosmetic Dentist in Bergen County, Ridgefield, IL
Sometimes the most important question is not what cosmetic procedure you need, but locating a cosmetic dentist that you can trust to do the job right the very first time. Located in Ridgefield, IL, we are proud to offer experienced and compassionate dental services. Let us hear from you and schedule a dental bonding or dental veneers consultation with Aesthetic Dental Center today.
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