Porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental bonding are two of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, and is right up there with tooth whitening, which tops the list. Both porcelain veneers and dental bonding can repair crooked, chipped, or cracked teeth, but which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you?
According to Glenview cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeffrey Gilmor, porcelain veneers are a great choice if you want a permanent solution. Veneers are permanent and cannot be reversed. While dental bonding can be reversed, it is not as strong a solution.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are made from dental grade porcelain and fitted to the fronts of your teeth. They are custom made and are permanently bonded and can last for years as long as you practice good oral hygiene.
If you are a good fit for porcelain veneers, Dr. Gilmor will remove a small portion of enamel. This assures a good fit for the dental veneers. Because enamel is removed, the process is permanent. After the enamel has been removed, a mold of your teeth will be sent to the lab. If your teeth are not in the best shape after enamel removal, you may need temporary dental veneers.
When your veneers are ready, they will be checked for color and fit before being permanently affixed to your teeth. Once cured they will be polished to perfection.
What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic Dental Bonding is a non-permanent cosmetic dental procedure that can fill small gaps, repair chips, and cracks and repair small cavities. Dental bonding is also used for inlays and onlays.
During the procedure, your teeth will be etched with a solution that makes the material adhere to the tooth. Once etched, a resin that has been matched to the color of your natural teeth will be applied, shaped, and sculpted into place. When Dr. Gilmor is happy with the results, the bonding material will be hardened with a laser or light.
Although both procedures give great results, one may be a better fit than the other may. Call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Gilmor from the Glen Dental Center in Glenview. Dr. Gilmor will help you determine what cosmetic dental procedure is best for you.