Because your smile is involved, you want to make sure you have as much information as possible before deciding on a cosmetic treatment. You may, therefore, find the following comparison of dental bonding and porcelain veneers from your Mansfield TX cosmetic dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, useful. What makes deciding between these two procedures especially difficult is that they tackle many of the same cosmetic blights. Minor damage, pitting, intrinsic stains, and even gaps may be addressed by either treatment. However, the results they produce and the methods they use to achieve those results are very different.

Bonding and Veneers: A Closer Look

Dental bonding is a procedure that features a material called composite resin. This material begins as a kind of putty that Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris can apply to your teeth to reshape or resurface them. Once they have sculpted the resin into the desired shape, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris can harden it, making the material strong and durable. After polishing the tooth or teeth that received the resin, the dental bonding procedure is complete.

Porcelain veneers require a lengthier process. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are designed to look like teeth. Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will scrape some enamel from patients’ teeth to account for the thickness of the veneers and then take molds to aid a ceramist in creating a set of custom veneers. Once the veneers are complete, Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will bond them in place on the front surfaces of the teeth to create a new smile that will mask any of the cosmetic blights mentioned above.

The Final Comparison

A decision between bonding and veneers can take a lot of factors into account. For example, many people choose veneers because of their great reputation for offering fantastic cosmetic results. Veneers are able to mimic the reflective quality of teeth for a natural sheen that dental bonding cannot match. However, some people prefer to avoid veneers because they prefer not to have any enamel removed from their teeth. For others, the decision comes down to price. Bonding is more affordable than veneers but is less durable, meaning the costs of the two treatments may be much closer than they initially appear when you take maintenance into account.

About Mansfield Dental Associates: At Mansfield Dental Associates, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris share the same vision and philosophy when it comes to patient care. Each seeks to build relationships based on trust and communication and strives to offer the latest technology for the best possible dental care. Patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling 817-473-6227.