Composite or resin material can also be used to fill spaces or to repair chips, gaps, and tooth shape. Dental bonding is a quick and easy way to also improve your smile and is typically less costly than porcelain veneers. Bonding is an excellent option when your teeth are irregularly shaped, chipped at their edges, when there are spaces between your teeth, or your teeth need minor alignment improvement. While composite bonding can last for a longtime with proper maintenance and hygiene, it is less durable and less resistant to staining compared to porcelain veneers.
The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before need of repair.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
Will they look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, and even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.
Refraining from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things will prolong their life, and if accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.
Why should I consider porcelain veneers?
Minor to moderate straightening/aligning of your teeth
Avoidance of orthodontic (braces) correction of your teeth
Heavily stained teeth
Worn down teeth
Chipped or broken teeth
Spaces or gaps between your teeth
Irregularly shaped teeth
Your smile appears uneven or crooked
Your teeth have lots of small, old fillings