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Smile Makeover Comparison: Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers

By Maryam Motlagh D.M.D on February 11, 2017

A woman smiling after the placement of her porcelain veneersAt Aesthetic Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Maryam Motlagh and her team help their patients achieve stunning, radiant smiles through cosmetic dentistry. Virtually any smile can be transformed using such popular cosmetic dentistry treatments as dental bonding and porcelain veneers, both of which can be customized to the unique needs and goals of the individual patient. When discussing dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers during consultations at her Portland, OR cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Motlagh explains the benefits and drawbacks of each so that patients can make fully informed decisions about how to proceed with their treatment.

If you would like to rejuvenate your smile, then a smile makeover with dental bonding or porcelain veneers may be ideal for you. To find out precisely which of these two treatments is best suited to your particular case, we invite you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Maryam Motlagh at Aesthetic Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

Similarities and Differences between Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers

Dental bonding and porcelain veneers share a common goal: to rejuvenate smiles by restoring whiteness to discolored teeth and concealing aesthetic flaws such as chips, cracks, and imperfections in shape or size. Both dental bonding and porcelain are highly effective at achieving this goal; however, they go about achieving it quite differently.

Dental Bonding

The dental bonding procedure entails the application of a malleable composite resin material directly onto the front surfaces of the teeth. This material is chosen to match the color of the surrounding natural teeth in the mouth. Dr. Motlagh then meticulously sculpts the material so that the treated teeth complement the surrounding teeth perfectly in terms of their size, shape, and texture. When the material is exposed to a curing light, it hardens. It is then polished, and the procedure is complete.

While the composite resin material is not quite as natural looking as porcelain, dental bonding produces outstanding results that generally cost less than porcelain veneers. Unlike porcelain veneers, dental bonding is also reversible, as no removal of enamel is necessary prior to the procedure.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are considered by many to be the cornerstone of the most transformative smile makeovers. This is because the porcelain used to craft veneers is the most natural looking of all dental materials. Like tooth enamel, porcelain is translucent, allowing some light to pass through its surface rather than reflecting all light. When custom-crafted veneers are bonded to the front teeth, they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can also last for a decade or longer with proper oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist.

As mentioned above, porcelain veneers do require a lifetime commitment, as they require a small amount of enamel to be removed prior to their placement. They are also more expensive than dental bonding, though most patients find the investment well worthwhile once they see their extraordinary new smiles.

Learn More about Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers

To learn more about dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers, please contact Aesthetic Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

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Ste 100
Portland, OR 97229

Open Today 7:00am - 5:00pm

All Hours Directions (503) 643-9855