Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Dental Bonding What’s the Difference?

If you follow my dental blog, you will have learned how important a Hollywood Smile is regardless of your occupation. From dental bonding to porcelain veneers, I help transform unhappy grins into beautiful Hollywood Smiles. However, there is a difference between the two.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of dental porcelain that I use to bond directly to the fronts of your teeth. My preferred method of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers can last for years as long as you practice good oral hygiene. You must brush twice and floss once a day.

Make sure you eat a teeth healthy diet and never chew on ice cubes. Porcelain veneers are the permanent solution to chipped, cracked, crooked, tipped, or rotated teeth. Porcelain veneers can take your less than appealing smile and turn it into a head-turning grin that will win job promotions and proposals.

The Porcelain Veneers Process

The porcelain veneers process requires three dental visits. The first being your consultation. During your consultation, you and I will determine if porcelain veneers are a good fit for your new Hollywood Smile.

If deemed appropriate, I will remove a portion of the enamel on your teeth during your second dental visit. This assures a natural look. Once removed, I will make an impression that will be sent to a lab for veneer manufacture. If your teeth are too unsightly I may recommend temporary veneers.

When you visit my dental practice in Chicago for your porcelain veneer fitting for your final dental veneers appointment, I will check your new veneers for fit and comfort. Once I am satisfied with the results, I will bond the veneers into place. After placing, they will be filed and polished for a beautiful Hollywood Smile.

What is Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic dental bonding can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth. Cosmetic dental bonding is also used for tooth colored fillings and for front teeth fillings. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are permanent, cosmetic dental bonding can be reversed.

Just like porcelain veneers, you need to be diligent about oral hygiene. Also, be aware that bonding will not last as long as veneers and may need to be touched up from time to time. Bonding resin is also more apt to discolor or stain over time.

The Bonding Process

Cosmetic dental bonding material that is matched to the rest of your restored and natural teeth is applied to the damaged tooth or the tooth that is to be cosmetically enhanced. Once the bonding is sculpted into place, I will use a light or laser to cure the material. Once it has hardened, I will file and polish for a natural looking smile.

Whatever decision you make it is important to schedule an appointment with my cosmetic dental practice in Chicago. As an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, I will make sure that you get the right information to make an informed decision about your new Hollywood Smile.

Call or click for a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with my Elmhurst Dental Practice today.