Direct Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which is Right for You?
October 2, 2019
If you’re struggling to choose which type of cosmetic treatment you want to pursue to improve your smile, you’re not alone. With so many available options, it can be difficult choosing the right one for your individual needs. Whether it is cracks, chips, spaces between teeth, or stains and discoloration, direct bonding vs. porcelain veneers in North Sarasota are two solutions that offer great results, but which do you choose? Read on to find out if you are a good candidate for either method of treatment.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin porcelain coverings that fit comfortably over the surface of your natural teeth. They are designed to cover a wide range of cosmetic flaws, including:
- Stains and discoloration
- Spaces between teeth
- Minor misalignments
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
Veneers are custom-made by dental lab technicians who craft them based on the size, shape, and color you and your cosmetic dentist in North Sarasota agreed upon. Some of the beneficial aspects of porcelain veneers are that they can lengthen short “stubby” teeth, as well as cover imperfections that cause you to hide your smile.
No matter how many teeth are receiving veneers, it will require your dentist to alter these teeth by removing a small portion of the enamel from the surface of your teeth. This will not only allow the veneer to lay flat, but it will also help the bonding agent to properly adhere the veneer to your tooth when placed. The entire process can take several weeks to complete, as your new smile takes time to create.
What is Direct Bonding?
Direct bonding is a less invasive procedure that uses composite resin to cover flaws that exist on your teeth. It is the same material that is used in filling cavities, and the reason so many dentists choose it is because of its ability to blend in with a patient’s smile. The resin can be matched to the natural tooth color using a shade guide. This will make it impossible for anyone to tell you’ve had dental work.
The process for direct bonding includes the dentist carefully placing the resin directly onto the enamel before beginning to shape and sculpt it into place. A special dental light is used to harden the resin to the tooth before your dentist gives it a final polish. A typical direct bonding treatment takes only one appointment to complete.
Who is a Good Candidate for Each Type of Treatment?
In order for you to feel comfortable and confident about the cosmetic treatment you choose, here are a few ways to tell if one or the other is right for you:
Serious stains or excessive wear and tear are reasons to choose porcelain veneers. If the damage or aesthetic problems are too extensive, orthodontics or restorative methods such as a crown may prove more beneficial.
In order to receive the green light for porcelain veneers, a dentist will perform a thorough exam of your oral cavity (i.e. teeth, gums, and bite) to ensure this cosmetic treatment will be long-lasting and worth your investment.
If you need help to fix minor problem areas of your smile, you can find success with direct bonding. Small chips or discoloration on your front teeth can be easily taken care of with the composite resin your dentist will use.
Although direct bonding can address many of the same issues as porcelain veneers, it does not require teeth to be altered, which can be a welcomed relief if you prefer your natural teeth remain fully intact.
No matter which option you choose, trust that your dentist is going to deliver outstanding results. These cosmetic solutions are designed to improve smiles and increase confidence, so take your time to research and learn more about each treatment. Once you’re ready, talk to your dentist about moving forward. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful smile that is free of flaws and imperfections.
About the Author
Dr. Warren Hoffman, DDS, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from SUNY Binghamton before going on to attend dental school in Baltimore, Maryland. Receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, he completed an externship during his senior year, providing dental services to stationed members of the United States Coast Guard in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Hoffman can improve your smile using a variety of treatments, including direct bonding or porcelain veneers. Based on your individual needs and desired results, he can create a fully transformed smile that will have you the envy of those around you. To learn more about these cosmetic services and more, contact us at (941) 358-8830.