A great smile can be a huge asset, but very few of us are blessed with naturally straight, proportioned and gleaming white teeth. Cosmetic dental procedures are on the increase, and two of the most popular choices are porcelain veneers and dental bonding.
Veneers are thin shell-like coverings that sit on the enamel on the front of the teeth. If you were to look at them before they are applied, they look a lot like fingernails. Veneers are custom-created so that they perfectly fit the size and shape of your existing teeth. They are also available in a variety of shades so that you can choose one that gives you a stunning natural smile.
There are a number of benefits associated with porcelain veneers which make them such a popular cosmetic solution for damaged, misshapen or discolored teeth. These include:
There are very few disadvantages of porcelain veneers, but there are a few things that you should be aware of.
Dental bonding is another cosmetic dental procedure that seeks to rectify the cosmetic appearance of teeth by using composite resin to mask any imperfections. The resin is a dense, putty-like substance that is color-matched to your other-teeth and then pasted on.
Dental bonding has a number of benefits, which include:
Bonding may be cheaper than dental veneers, but there are a number of considerations that you will need to make. These include:
The variety of cosmetic improvement that is right for you will really depend on the extent of the work that you need. If your smile is already very nice, and you only have a couple of small imperfections such as stains or chips, then you may wish to consider dental bonding. However, if a number of your teeth are badly stained or damaged then you may be better with porcelain veneers which will provide a total smile makeover. We highly recommend that you speak with a doctor who will be happy to make a recommendation based on your individual needs.