Picking Your Cosmetic Treatment

If you are having some dental cosmetic issues caused by small imperfections, like chips in your teeth, misshapen teeth, or stains, you may be interested in some of the leading treatments for these problems. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are two popular cosmetic treatments that can restore your teeth’s natural aesthetic appeal. Each has their own pros and cons, so this guide may help you determine which remedy is right for you.

Why We Use Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers

Dental bonding and porcelain veneers have many of the same uses. Some include:

  • Covering stains that resist teeth whitening
  • Fixing chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Removing gaps in teeth
  • Making unusually shaped teeth more symmetrical

The resin used for bonding and to secure porcelain veneers can also be used to fill an infected tooth as a more discreet, and often more effective, dental filling than metal amalgam.

When Dental Bonding Might be Right for You

Dental bonding involves adhering a natural-looking composite resin to your teeth in order to fix cosmetic imperfections. The resin can replace lost pieces of a tooth, cover stains that won’t come out with teeth whitening, or reshape your teeth to give them a more pleasing look. This procedure is relatively inexpensive, and the bonding can be completed in just one office visit.

When Porcelain Veneers Might be Right for You

Porcelain veneers are carefully-crafted pieces that are attached to as many of your teeth as needed. They are made specifically for you, and should look like your natural teeth when the treatment is completed. The veneers are also more resistant to stains than your teeth because of the materials they are made of, and are made to withstand routine bite pressure. Some enamel will be have to be removed, which may cause increased tooth sensitivity for a few days afterwards. This also makes the treatment permanent, as the veneers will have to serve as protection for the teeth, because the enamel won’t grow back. This treatment requires two office visits, one to make an impression of your teeth and the second to attach the veneers after they’ve been hand-crafted in a trusted dental lab.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.