Isn’t it nice to have options? To know that you won’t be saddled with a one-size-fits-all procedure that fails to take into account your unique appearance, preferences, and expectations? After all, no two chipped teeth are exactly the same, and the crack in your tooth may look completely different than a crack in another patient’s tooth. Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry explains that patients with imperfect smiles have several treatments from which to choose. Lake Orion, MI porcelain veneers and dental bonding, two of the most popular options, serve many of the same purposes but have several key differences. How do you know which to choose?
Similarities Between Veneers and Bonding
Bonding and veneers are both highly versatile cosmetic dental treatments capable of treating multiple cosmetic flaws, including:
- Cracks and chips
- Minor fractures
- Slight crookedness and overlapping
- Stains that do not respond to teeth whitening treatment
The Beauty of Bonding
Bonding is a fast, affordable alternative to veneers. The procedure can be completed in only one office visit, making it ideal for anyone with an unforgiving schedule. Because the special resin used for bonding isn’t translucent like veneers, it is best reserved for the most minor imperfections. Dr. Greenfield often recommends bonding for patients whose teeth have sustained damage to the tooth enamel, a concern that makes teeth more prone to showing stains. A good example would be patients whose teeth show signs of dental fluorosis or damage caused by an acidic diet. However, it can be used for any of the purposes listed above.
Unique Properties of Porcelain Veneers
Have you ever watched an awards show, perused a fashion magazine, or read a blog about celebrities? If so, then you’ve probably witnessed porcelain veneers in action. Veneers, a favorite among stars and other high-profile figures, are widely considered to be the pinnacle of cosmetic dentistry. Much of the magic lies in dental ceramic, the material used to craft veneers. Unlike bonding material, porcelain is stain-resistant and boasts a natural translucence comparable to that of natural tooth enamel. The procedure for crafting and applying veneers is slightly more involve than that of dental bonding, and more than one office visit is necessary.
Are you a candidate for bonding or veneers? To learn more about cosmetic dental treatment in Lake Orion, MI, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Greenfield, contact us at 248-693-6213. We welcome patients living in Lake Orion, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Bald Mountain, and the surrounding areas.