Dental Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?
Today, there are plenty of available cosmetic dentistry treatments to conceal dental flaws and boost the smile’s appearance. Two of these treatments are dental bonding and porcelain veneers. Both treatments deliver great results.
Either of these two can be used to fix discolored teeth, eroded enamel, mild crookedness, cracked or chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, and misshapen teeth. Thus, it is crucial for you to understand the difference between these two when choosing which is right for your child’s needs.
Dental bonding is used to improve the appearance of the smile by hiding dental imperfections and flaws with a special bonding material. Made of a tooth-colored resin, this material is applied directly to the teeth. The resin can easily be shaped to any appearance or size to enhance the appearance of the underlying teeth. When the desired look is already achieved, the bonding material is hardened and polished, resulting in a complete smile transformation.
Porcelain veneers are also used to mask dental flaws and enhance the smile’s appearance. But instead of applying a special resin, this cosmetic dental treatment is made of tooth-colored porcelain. Every veneer is a tooth-shaped, wafer-thin shell that is made from impressions taken of your child’s teeth.
Generally, porcelain veneers will require two dental appointments. Impressions of your child’s teeth will be made during the first appointment. This will then be sent to a dental lab where the veneers will be made. During the second appointment, the veneers will be adhered to the teeth, thus revealing a new, beautiful smile.
Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneer Treatment
Before dental bonding or veneers can be applied, your child’s teeth will be prepared in a different way. With dental bonding, the surface of the teeth is made porous by applying a special solution that will help the bonding material to adhere completely to the teeth. As for porcelain veneers, the removal of a thin layer of the enamel from the tooth is crucial so the veneers can sit evenly over the teeth.
Although both treatments offer long-lasting results, a Dr. Rudi As-Sanie emphasizes that porcelain veneers are basically more durable than dental bonding.
Which Treatment is Right for your Child?
Even if you understand the difference between dental bonding and porcelain veneers, it is quite difficult to make an informed decision without the help of a trained cosmetic dentist. At Dental Reflections Dublin, scheduling a consultation with the team is important to determine which of these two cosmetic dental treatments is right for your child. A consultation will also educate you about the techniques that can best meet your child’s dental needs.