At our Southlake practice, we offer a full selection of cosmetic dentistry options. Whether you want to lighten your smile or correct chipped teeth, we have a treatment that will suit your needs. Because of our large selection, however, choosing the right treatment can be a challenge. In particular, it can be hard to choose between porcelain veneers and dental bonding, since both offer similar results. This quick quiz can help you learn more about both procedures and determine which one best suits your needs.
Take the Veneers and Dental Bonding Quiz
- Do you have healthy dental enamel?
B. Unfortunately, I have suffered some enamel erosion.
- What is your cosmetic dentistry budget?
A. I have saved up for the most advanced treatment possible.
B. I have a limited budget, but I still want good aesthetic results.
- Do you suffer from dental anxiety?
B. A little. I would prefer the least invasive treatment possible.
- Do you have one or more weakened teeth?
- Do you regularly consume stain-producing drinks, such as coffee, tea, or red wine?
B. Only occasionally.
Which Procedure Is Right for You?
If you answered mostly A’s, you may be a better candidate for porcelain veneers. Veneers are made from a state-of-the art dental material that is extremely durable and offers a lifelike sheen. It is also stain-resistant, which may make it a better choice if you are a habitual wine or coffee drinker. To apply veneers, your dentist will reshape your teeth, removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the porcelain. Therefore, you must have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel to receive veneers. Although veneers are more costly than composite bonding, the porcelain is typically more durable than resin. Additionally, many patients and dental experts consider veneers to be the most lifelike option available.
If you answered mostly B’s, dental bonding may be more suited to your needs. After lightly etching your teeth, your dentist will apply composite resin. During this process, he or she will carefully shape the material. In this way, the dentist can conceal cosmetic blemishes and give your teeth a smooth, natural finish. With dental bonding, there is no need to reshape your teeth. Therefore, you can typically undergo this treatment, even if you have suffered enamel erosion. In many cases, composite resin can even strengthen your teeth at the same time that it covers up flaws. Although composite does not look quite as natural as dental porcelain, in the hands of a skilled dentist, it can have extremely lifelike effects. Because it costs less than other forms of cosmetic care, bonding can be an excellent investment in your smile.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE FAMILY DENTISTS:
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.