Have you decided that this is finally the year you are going to achieve your dream smile, whatever it takes? Many people are pleasantly surprised when they realize just how many cosmetic concerns can actually be corrected through minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, such as dental bonding and porcelain veneers. If you are unsure which treatment is right for you, it is time to talk with your cosmetic dentist about the unique benefits of each treatment, your budget, timeframe for the enhancements, and your overall goals for your smile. That way the two of you can devise a smile enhancement plan that will leave you with wonderful results, namely a smile you’ll finally be excited to show off!
When Are Porcelain Veneers the Answer?
Porcelain veneers are able to accomplish many of the same benefits of dental bonding, but with the added benefit of being incredibly long-lasting thanks to porcelain’s strength and stain resistance. In fact, dental porcelain is incredibly similar to natural tooth enamel, which is the second-strongest substance on earth. (Did you know that diamonds are the first?)
This stands in stark contrast to the composite resin used for both bonding and many dental fillings. While the resin is strong, it is not as stain-resistant as porcelain, which means patients that consume large amounts of staining foods and drinks, and especially those that use tobacco products, may be unhappy with the results long-term.
In fact, many patients are able to enjoy their veneers for more than ten years, so long as they maintain excellent dental hygiene and regular preventive care.