If you want to improve some of the imperfections in your smile, there are several cosmetic dentistry options available. If you want to improve the shape, color and overall style of your teeth, your choices will likely come down to porcelain veneers or direct bonding. Both have their benefits, but which is best for you? Here is what you need to consider when comparing direct bonding VS porcelain veneers in Mankato.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is custom crafted in a dental laboratory before being bonded to the front of your teeth. It can be used to make a tooth appear longer, change its shape, and/or improve its color. You can get a single veneer or a full set (usually 6 to 8) depending on the changes you want to make.
Veneers are generally used to cover many cosmetic flaws at once; this includes cracks, stains, and misshapen teeth. Unlike the material used in direct bonding, a porcelain veneer resists stains very well. They are also more durable and with proper care will usually last longer. Finally, as far as aesthetics go, porcelain veneers are usually extremely lifelike, as they are designed to mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth as closely as possible.
The Benefits of Direct Bonding
Bonding is where white fillings are applied to the teeth. It can be used to repair teeth to create a uniform smile. Like veneers, they can address issues with a tooth’s size, shape and color.
Compared to porcelain veneers, direct bonding is a much faster procedure that can be done in a single appointment. Also, depending on the extent of the damage you want to correct, direct bonding is usually less costly as well. Bonding is not as durable as porcelain and could be subject to stains.
Which One is Right for You?
In general, your cosmetic dentist in Mankato will suggest a treatment depending on the cosmetic severity of the problem. Veneers are generally used for more extensive or severe cases of discoloration, cracked or chipped teeth, and large gaps. Bonding, on the other hand, is better for minor stains or smaller amounts of damage. As such, a thorough examination is normally needed before the appropriate procedure can be chosen.
Call your cosmetic dentist today to schedule a consultation. Make sure that you are very clear about what kind of changes you want to make and what your expectations are. Whether you end up receiving porcelain veneers or dental bonding, either treatment can help give you a more dazzling smile.
About the Author
Dr. James J. Kalina is a member of the Minnesota Dental Association and is an adjunct faculty member of the Mankato Dental Hygiene Program at Minnesota State University. He offers a wide variety of cosmetic procedures for patients, such as porcelain veneers and direct bonding. To schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (507) 625-2021.