Porcelain Veneers Or Dental Bonding… For A Beautiful Smile?

There are many ways you can achieve a perfect smile. However, there are many ways you can make that a possibility. When it comes to replacing, renewing, or repairing damaged teeth, many people opt for porcelain veneers or dental bonding in Yorkville. Before you step into your Yorkville dental office, it’s a good idea to become acquainted with each procedure.

Issues solved by veneers and bonding

Both porcelain veneers and bonding are well-known solutions that can improve or hide the following conditions for dental patients:

  • whitening-resistant discolouration
  • chips
  • cracks that are primarily cosmetic in nature
  • widely spaced teeth
  • narrow teeth
  • short or eroded teeth
  • damage to the enamel
  • misalignments
  • unusually shaped teeth

While both options can provide similar results, there are many distinct differences between both dental procedures.

What are porcelain veneers in Yorkville?

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of the teeth. They are often made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least two dental visits to apply and composite resin veneers can be done in one. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding involves the use of cosmetic resin that either covers or repairs flaws. The putty-like resin is applied, shaped, and molded to your teeth before it is cured. Once the process is complete, the resin is designed to be almost indistinguishable from the natural enamel of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers vs. bonding – side by side comparison

Bonding Veneers
Process Minimum of 1 Appointment Minimum of 2 visits
Covers up gaps between teeth and hides crooked, misshapen or stained teeth Yes Yes

Durability

More prone to chipping and breaks than porcelain veneers Nearly as durable as natural teeth
Lifetime Could last 3-7 years (or more if properly maintained) 10-15 years or more (depending on proper maintenance)
Discolouration prevention Can occur Stain-resistant

Natural look

Blend in with natural teeth for a simulated natural look Virtually indistinguishable

As you can see from the side by side comparison, porcelain veneers in Toronto offer a distinct set of advantages over tooth bonding. They are stain-resistant, more durable, are less noticeable, and have been proven to last longer. One of the reasons bonding is still a popular option is due to its cost-effectiveness. Despite their differences, both cosmetic dental procedures are meant to give you a confident smile you want.

How do I know if either treatment is right for me?

Most teeth are suitable for tooth bonding. Porcelain veneers require candidates to fulfill a few more requirements. A good candidate for porcelain veneers will meet most or all of the following:

  • You generally have healthy teeth that are free from decay.
  • You don’t suffer from gum disease.
  • You do not regularly grind and clench your teeth together.
  • You have a properly aligned bite.
  • You have a healthy tooth enamel that will support the veneers.

If you are letting your misshapen, discoloured, or gapped teeth get in the way of your happiness, then it is time to book an appointment with Dr. Judy Sturm & Associates, your Yorkville dental office.

Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Judy Sturm, your midtown dentist in Toronto