Bleaching is often the go-to treatment option for whitening teeth. However, it’s not always recommended because not everyone is a candidate for bleaching.
Patients who’ve had tooth-colored filings in the past, as well as crowns and caps in their front teeth won’t benefit as much from bleaching. This is because, even after treatment, the color of the dental appliances will remain the same. This presents a notable aesthetic problem because bleaching can make the dental appliances stand out, virtually destroying the look of a newly whitened smile.
In such cases, two other possible treatment options can be considered – porcelain veneers and dental bonding.
Each treatment option presents a distinct set of advantages, as well as disadvantages, both of which will be discussed below to help you make an informed decision.
The Case For Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made for your teeth based on a mold that is taken on the first visit and then sent to a dental laboratory, where after finishing, the veneers are fitted on your teeth on the second visit.
Of the two, porcelain veneers are the more expensive treatment option. However, veneers are also widely praised for their beautiful and natural look. Additionally, veneers can be used to not only improve smiles by whitening them, but also by fixing dental imperfections such as chips, cracks, and a few other problems.
For best results, it is recommended to choose a cosmetic dentist that has had extensive experience with porcelain veneers.
The Case For Dental Bondings
Dental bonding is a dental procedure where composite resin is used to restore chipped and broken teeth. The treatment is also applicable for filling in gaps, reshaping and recoloring teeth.
The process starts with the dentist applying a very mild etching solution to slightly roughen up the surface of the affected teeth for better adhesion. Then, the dentist applies the resin, which is then carefully sculpted, colored and shaped to provide optimal results.
Once the dentist has finished working on the composite resin, a high-intensity light is then used to speed up the hardening process. Afterwards, the tooth is polished.
Making the Decision
Both treatment options share a similarity in that they can be both made to look similar to the remaining natural teeth. However, porcelain veneers are generally considered as more superior in terms of aesthetics, durability and function.
While both treatment options require patients to make necessary dietary changes, such as avoiding chewing on and opening hard stuff using teeth, porcelain veneers are generally considered as easier to take care of. This is likely because veneers are more resistant to staining and are much more durable.
Case in point, porcelain veneers are expected to last well over a decade, while dental bonding usually only lasts for about five years.
In choosing which of the two treatments you will choose to have your smile fixed, make sure that you consider your budget, as well as your aesthetic and functional goals.
Your dentist can also help you decide which of the two treatment options are best suited for your particular case.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and dental bonding, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 or visit www.bartzandbartzdental.com for more information.
Dr. Bartz proudly welcomes patients from Chicago, Orland Park, Burbank and Palos Hills.