Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both effective cosmetic procedures that can help to conceal minor imperfections such as:
- Chips or cracks
- Gaps or crowding
- Uneven teeth
However, there are differences between these treatments that you should be aware of when making the decision about which to have. Here are some answers to common questions about bonding and veneers to help you make an informed decision. Remember to visit Dr. Schmid for a consultation before making your final choice.
Which Lasts Longer, Veneers or Bonding?
While dental bonding and porcelain veneers can both last a long time, in general porcelain veneers are more durable. Bonding can last for five to seven years if you take good care of your teeth, while porcelain veneers can last for seven to fifteen years.
Plus, Dr. Schmid offers a porcelain veneer guarantee. If your veneers are damaged due to circumstances outside of your control within five years of placement, he will replace them free of charge.
Are Veneers and Bonding Stain Resistant?
Dental bonding is not stain resistant, so you'll have to be careful about what you eat and drink in order to preserve the whiteness of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, but you should still be careful about brushing after eating or drinking. Veneers will stay white for a long time, but if they are stained, they cannot be whitened.
What Issues Can Veneers and Bonding Treat?
Dental bonding and porcelain veneers can both treat many minor cosmetic issues, but veneers are a bigger commitment and may be overkill for something like a tiny chip or a small gap. If your only concern is something very small, bonding might be the better choice.
Porcelain veneers require some enamel to be removed from your natural tooth, so they are a long-term commitment. If you have multiple small chips or a combination of concerns such as chips plus discoloration plus uneven teeth, then veneers are likely a good choice.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
If you are considering dental bonding or porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Schmid at Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry by calling 512-329-5967 to schedule your complimentary consultation. He will listen to your concerns and goals, examine your teeth, and help guide you to the best treatment plan for your situation. We serve patients in Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and other areas of Texas.