Everyone wants a perfect, beautiful smile. Cosmetic dentistry can give you the chance to enhance your smile or repair a distracting gap, or brighten stained teeth. At Alafaya Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Orlando, FL, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services to improve your appearance and give you the dream smile you've always wanted.
Dental veneers and dental bonding are two common treatments we offer for individual tooth or full-mouth makeovers. The only way to determine the best treatment for your specific needs is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gary Michaelson at our Orlando dental office. During your consultation, Dr. Michaelson can speak with you about the pros and cons of each treatment and how cosmetic dentistry can help you reach your goals.
What Is a Dental Veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin shell of material that covers the tooth's front surface. Your dentist creates a custom dental veneer and bonds it to the tooth to cover cosmetic flaws and inconsistencies. A dental veneer can be made from resin composite materials or porcelain. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant more so than resin veneers, and they simulate the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth. At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we use porcelain veneers to improve the shape, shade, and appearance of a patient's teeth.
What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers can correct various aesthetic concerns, such as:
- Breaks, chips, cracks, and fractures
- Misshapen teeth
- Crooked or mildly misaligned teeth
- Gaps or spacing issues between teeth
- Discolored or severely stained teeth that don't respond to professional whitening
- Gummy smiles
- Teeth of irregular shapes and sizes
- Tooth sensitivity
- Worn-down teeth
- An uneven smile
Overall, porcelain veneers can transform your smile and give you the perfect pearly whites you've always dreamt of having.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that can repair cracked, broken, or chipped teeth. It can also improve the appearance of discolored teeth, gaps or uneven spacing between teeth, and even lengthening teeth that look short.
The bonding material is a composite resin that your dentist applies and shapes to the tooth so it looks natural and new. Your dentist mixes the composite resin to match the natural color of your smile, so no one will ever know you've had dental work done.
Though many people want an aesthetically appealing smile, fixing chips and cracks is essential for your oral health. Having complete, strong teeth helps you chew and speak correctly, and it also prevents damage that can threaten the health of neighboring teeth.
How Can Dental Bonding Improve My Smile?
We use dental bonding to treat decayed, chipped, discolored, cracked, and uneven teeth so they look more shapely and attractive. Sometimes, dental bonding can be an alternative to metal and silver amalgam fillings. This tooth-colored composite resin is the same material used in tooth-colored fillings.
Veneers vs. Dental Bonding: Which Treatment Should I Choose?
Many patients often ask us if they should get dental veneers or dental bonding. However, each person's smile and oral health needs are unique, and there's no one-size-fits-all option. The treatment that works best for you may not be ideal for another patient and vice versa. That's why we do our best to inform our patients so they can make the best decision for their health, smile, budget, and lifestyle.
Before deciding, your dentist will assess your oral health, discuss your goals with you, present the potential treatment options, and offer their professional opinion. When determining whether veneers or dental bonding is a viable solution for you, please consider these three areas:
Choosing dental veneers or dental bonding depends on your goals and what type of corrections you want to make. It's also possible to use a combination of veneers and dental bonding. If you have discolored teeth, we recommend first trying professional teeth whitening. But veneers may be the best option if you're unsatisfied with your results.
Dental veneers can last between 10 and 25 years if well maintained. While they're not invincible and may need to be replaced at some point, porcelain veneers are more durable than composite resin tooth bonding. Again, whichever you choose also depends on what your teeth need. Bonding is a strong material used to repair teeth, and veneers can also conceal cracks and improve the overall look of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are designed to match the shade of your surrounding teeth. However, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, while bonding resin can appear dark and worn over time. Cosmetic tooth bonding may benefit damaged or chipped teeth because your dentist forms the bonding to fit the tooth's exact shape.
Porcelain veneers are typically more costly than tooth bonding. However, veneers are permanent and can save you more time and money in the long run. Over time, dental bonding can wear out or break and require replacement. If you want to conceal stains that don't respond to professional teeth whitening, dental veneers may be the better solution for your needs, whereas dental bonding may better repair gaps or chips.
Transform Your Smile Today!
Please contact us today if you're ready to learn more about porcelain veneers and dental bonding. We'll be happy to schedule your appointment with Dr. Michaelson and help you get started on your journey toward a healthier, more comfortable smile.