Cosmetic flaws on your teeth can be a cause of stress and anxiety in some patients. No one wants to be seen with unattractive teeth. Luckily, there are many solutions available at the PGA Dentistry. Two of the most popular solutions to cosmetic flaws on the teeth are porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Both of these treatment options come with their own set of pros and cons, and picking the right one for your needs without all the necessary information can be difficult. We encourage you to read on to learn more about both of these cosmetic procedures and how they can help you.
Porcelain veneers are thin, durable shells made from porcelain that are used to cover your cosmetically flawed teeth. Every veneer is carefully matched to the color, shape, size, and texture of your natural teeth, ensuring that once in place, no one will be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and veneers. Veneers are great for covering up cracks, chips, discoloration, and misalignment that may be plaguing your smile. And, in some cases, your porcelain veneers can all be placed in only one visit. For the best results, however, extra time will be needed to create the best possible veneers for your treatment.
Unlike other cosmetic procedures, veneers provide the most aesthetically pleasing results. In fact, porcelain veneers provide results that look like natural teeth, and they are stain resistant, keeping them beautifully white with the right care. Veneers are the strongest most esthetically pleasing form of cosmetic procedures, allowing you to have a naturally beautiful smile that will last for years. As great as veneers are, they also come with some disadvantages which should be noted. For instance, veneers tend to be more expensive than bonding, and the process isn't reversible once complete. During the process, enamel is removed from your teeth and replaced with strong porcelains to achieve the desired color and shape. In rare circumstance, veneers can actually fall off your teeth, which is why veneer patients are advised to not chew on hard objects, such as ice or their nails. Patients who have a history of grinding their teeth, known as bruxism, must wear an occlusal guard at night to preserve their veneers.
Nancy's teeth were worn down, dark and crooked. She wanted longer white teeth and a youthful healthy smile. Dr. Ajmo performed a complete smile makeover with Porcelain Veneers. He lengthened and straightened her teeth to accentuate her full lips and narrow features. The final result is a more youthful vibrant look to her whole face and her smile. Dr. Ajmo did a beautiful job on my smile makeover. He's like an artist! Thank you Dr. Jay. Nancy
Dental bonding is a procedure where a resin material is used to fill in cosmetic defects. This material is tooth colored and will blend in with your natural teeth. This method is great for repairing minor chips or cracks in teeth, closing spaces between the teeth, and changing the overall shape of your teeth. Dental bonding is even used to fill cavities, providing a great alternative to metal fillings. The bonding process is also pretty quick and straightforward. In fact, dental bonding typically only takes 30 minutes per tooth to complete, allowing the process to complete in only one visit.
One of the main benefits of using dental bonding is the fact that a minimal amount of enamel is removed during the process, unlike porcelain veneers. And, if you are pursuing dental bonding purely for cosmetic reasons, you won't even need anesthesia to get through the procedure. A disadvantage of dental bonding is the fact that the material used by the process is not as stain resistant as crowns or veneers. Not only that, but the material used by dental bonding will not last as long as other cosmetic procedures, and it can even chip or break off the tooth. After a few years, dental bonding will absorb stain and discolor. It will also lose its shine and eventually show pits and stains.
The vast majority of patients who are looking for long term results that truly look natural and beautiful will opt for porcelain veneers over bonding.
Here at the PGA Dentistry, we firmly believe that porcelain veneers provide the best possible treatment for cosmetic flaws. Porcelain veneers provide a more advanced treatment that will not stain or discolor, and is capable of maintaining its luster for many years to come. While dental bonding may double as a treatment for other flaws, it is unable to match the transforming ability of porcelain veneers. Veneers are capable of providing you will a completely new smile that you are guaranteed to love. If you are suffering from cosmetic flaws on your teeth and are interested in correcting them with porcelain veneers, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Ajmo at his Palm Beach Gardens, FL office today. With Porcelain veneers, there is no longer any reason to live with a smile you don't love, and we look forward to helping you on the journey to a perfect smile soon!