You don’t have to be embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth. With porcelain veneers or dental bonding, you can have a flawless, bright smile. Both porcelain veneers and dental bonding treatments are used to improve the appearance of the teeth. The treatment you choose depends on your desired results along with your dentist’s treatment recommendation. If you are considering porcelain veneers or dental bonding, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at the Orange County cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are tooth shaped, thin shells, which are applied to the front surface of damaged or aesthetically flawed teeth. Veneers are made of porcelain, a material that closely mimics the qualities of natural teeth. They are shaded to match the surrounding teeth or can be crafted in a brighter shade of white. Each veneer is custom-made to fit perfectly within the mouth.
Porcelain veneer treatment is generally completed in two dental visits. In the first visit, we create impressions of the treated teeth so dental technicians can craft the custom veneers. It is also during this initial visit that a small amount of enamel is removed from the teeth to allow room for the veneers. Once the veneers are ready, another dental visit will be needed to cement the veneers into place.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is similar to porcelain veneer treatment in that it is used to improve the aesthetics of the teeth by hiding flaws. Dental bonding is different from porcelain veneer treatment in a number of ways. Dental bonding uses a putty-like composite resin instead of porcelain. The malleable resin is tooth-colored and can be shaped to the desired size and appearance.
Enamel does not need to be removed as with veneer treatment; instead a chemical is applied to the surface of the teeth to make them porous and allow for the resin to bond firmly. Once the resin is formed to the proper shape, a special light or laser is used to harden the resin. Once hardened, the resin is finely shaped and polished to complete the treatment. Dental bonding can be completed in a single dental visit whereas veneers treatment typically requires two.
Dental Issues Treated with Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding
For our patients in Orange County, porcelain veneers and dental bonding can be used to treat many of the same dental issues. Here are just some of the dental conditions porcelain veneers or dental bonding can be used to repair.
- Yellowed, stained teeth: The shade of the porcelain veneers and dental bonding material can be adjusted to improve the overall look of your teeth and rejuvenate your smile.
- Minor chips or fractures: Small chips, cracks, or fractures can be masked by veneers and bonding. Both porcelain veneers and dental bonding can restore the strength and integrity of damaged teeth.
- Gaps between teeth: Dental bonding and porcelain veneers can be applied to close gaps between teeth and create more symmetrical looking smiles.
- Small teeth: Small teeth can be lengthened or enlarged to a more proportionate size with either porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
- Large teeth: The appearance of large teeth can also be improved with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. The tooth can be filed down and then reshaped with the use of dental bonding or veneers.
Schedule a consultation today to see which treatment is right for you!