Tooth Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers

Both Porcelain veneers and tooth bonding can be used to correct a number of cosmetic dental issues, but neither one is ideal for every situation. Often used together during the smile makeover procedure, these two treatments are also capable of producing remarkable results when used alone. During your cosmetic dentistry consultation Dr. Scott Young can help you determine if your smile would benefit from a single option or a combination of these treatments.

If you live in or around Houston, Texas and are unhappy with any aspect of your smile, please contact The Woodlands Premier Dentistry online or by calling (281) 367-5559 to schedule a consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentist.

Two Versatile Treatments

Porcelain veneers and tooth bonding often get compared because they are commonly used to fulfill the same purposes, such as:

  • Restore minor chips on teeth
  • Reshape small or poorly formed teeth
  • Close small tooth gaps
  • Whiten teeth discolored from within

Because both treatments can accomplish all of these goals effectively, people often find themselves choosing between the options. That’s why we’ve provided more detail about them.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells or facades of advanced ceramic material. They are placed over the front of teeth to address cosmetic issues such as chips and cracks, space and size irregularities, and severe staining. Sometimes called “instant orthodontics,” the porcelain veneers take approximately two weeks to complete and can provide years of aesthetic perfection.

Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young works with trusted dental lab partners to sculpt veneers for each individual patient. This means that your porcelain veneers will be sized, shaped, and colored to fit seamlessly into your smile.

The advantages of porcelain veneers include:

  • More attractive results
  • Greater strength
  • Stain resistant
  • More durable

Porcelain veneers look more like natural tooth material, and their greater strength means they can be used in situations where the restoration will have to bear significant force. Because they resist stains, they maintain their attractiveness for many, many years, and because they’re durable they can easily last ten years or more.

Tooth Bonding

Tooth bonding is plastic (resin) that has had ceramic inclusions added to increase strength. It initially begins as a putty that applied in layers over the surface of teeth. Once a layer is applied, a catalyst light is used to harden the plastic. It can be used to address minor cosmetic issues such as chips, small gaps, irregular sizes, and discoloration. Bonding can also be used to strengthen teeth weakened by decay.

This cosmetic dentistry treatment is performed during a single office visit allowing for immediate results. However, bonding is not well suited to address more pronounced cosmetic or functional problems. If significant structural or cosmetic improvements are needed Dr. Young may recommend veneers or dental crowns. This will be entirely dependent on your needs.

The advantages of tooth bonding include:

  • Quicker
  • More conservative
  • Less expensive

Unlike porcelain veneers, tooth bonding can be completed in a single visit. There’s no need to wait weeks while restorations are prepared in a lab. With porcelain veneers, some of your tooth material has to be removed to make room for the veneer, but with bonding, little if any tooth material needs to be removed. Sometimes we just have to rough the surface to strengthen the attachment. Tooth bonding also has the advantage of being much less expensive than porcelain veneers, a fraction of the cost!

To learn more about the ways porcelain veneers and dental bonding can help restore your smile, please call (281) 367-5559 our experienced Houston cosmetic dentist today. Dr. Young serves Houston and surrounding areas of Texas from our conveniently located office in The Woodlands.