If you've been self-conscious about your smile, you’re not alone. Whether you want to correct minor imperfections or achieve a completely flawless look, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Messer, can give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Let's compare two popular treatments in Memphis - dental bonding and porcelain veneers.
Dental bonding is commonly used to repair minor chips, cracks, or discolorations. The treatment involves placing composite resin onto a tooth to alter its shape, size, or color. Prior to the procedure, our dentists will select a shade of the resin that matches the color of your teeth. After the bonding material has been applied, the tooth will be shaped and polished to blend in with your surrounding teeth, leaving you with a healthy-looking smile.
Dental bonding appeals to patients who want a quick, conservative, and economical solution for small dental defects. Because the bonding material is applied and customized during your appointment, the treatment is quicker than the porcelain veneers treatment process and can usually be completed in one visit, depending on how many teeth are need repair. With good care, dental bonding should last for several years.
The initial dental bonding treatment is generally less expensive that the fabrication and application of porcelain veneers. However, the results of dental bonding do not last as long as porcelain veneers, and therefore may require re-treatment every couple of years.
Dental veneers can also correct staining and chips, as well as crooked or misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of highly durable dental porcelain that are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth to conceal imperfections. To prepare for veneers, the surface of your teeth may be slightly buffed to accommodate the veneers. An impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where your porcelain veneers will be custom made. In one to two weeks, your veneers will be carefully bonded to your teeth, and you'll leave our office with a dazzling new smile.
With porcelain veneers made in a lab, we're able to achieve a more ideal color, shape, and size to complement your smile. Also, porcelain is a denser, stronger, more stain-resistant material than composite resin, and it has a translucent quality that resembles natural teeth. With basic care, veneers can last for decades.
Porcelain veneers are typically used when more than one tooth requires treatment. The veneers can be placed on all of the front facing teeth for a complete smile makeover.
If you have minor or severe damage or decay, dental bonding or porcelain veneers - or a combination of the two procedures - can help reshape your smile. During your consultation, we can assess your teeth, discuss your concerns and goals, and together determine which treatment would be best for you. To learn more about dental bonding or porcelain veneers, or any of the other treatments offered at Southwind Dental Care, schedule an appointment with Dr. Messer.
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