Damage to your teeth can cause stress and embarrassment. Fortunately, when it comes to reshaping and transforming your smile, you have a lot of options. Fort Worth cosmetic dentist Dr. Nikki Green has great skill in the art and science of using advanced dental technology to give you a complete smile makeover.
With so many options, it can be difficult to narrow down your decision to find the exact treatment that is right for you. We understand that there is a lot to consider – you want the treatment that will give you the best results you want at a cost you can afford.
Two of our most popular cosmetic procedures are porcelain veneers and dental bonding using composite resin – the same tooth-colored material used in aesthetic fillings! These two treatments address several of the same concerns in different ways.
The best way to determine which treatment is right for you is by calling our Fort Worth dental office and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Green. Having a better understanding of your options before you go in for your appointment will make the decision-making process easier, however.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of dental porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth. They can conceal a range of cosmetic issues and last for several years. Some types of veneers require the removal of a small amount of your enamel while other fit right over the top of your teeth. Dr. Green will discuss these options with you and provide a recommendation of which one will give you the best results.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding uses cosmetic resin to cover or repair flaws. The resin, which is similar in form to putty, is applied by Dr. Green and then shaped and molded before it is cured. Once cured, the resin is difficult to distinguish from your own enamel and will last a long time. One of the benefits of dental bonding is that the process is relatively inexpensive and can be completed in a single day.
What Issues Do Veneers and Bonding Treat?
There’s a considerable amount of overlap in the issues treated by both porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Some of the issues we address using these treatments include:
- Whitening-resistant discoloration
- Cracks that are primarily cosmetic in nature
- Widely spaced teeth
- Narrow teeth
- Short or eroded teeth
- Damage to the enamel such as ridges or markings left after orthodontic treatment
- Unusually shaped teeth
Which treatment is right mostly depends on the extent of the damage. For smaller repairs, dental bonding is usually a better option because it requires less alteration of your tooth and can be completed on the same day.
If you have more extensive damage that needs to be fixed, veneers may be the right choice. Overall, veneers have a more natural look than dental bonding, especially when bonding is applied over a large area. When your veneers come back from the lab, we’ll have you check the appearance before bonding them to your teeth.
Call Fort Worth Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today at (817) 737-6601 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nikki Green to find out how either veneers or bonding can improve the appearance of your smile. We know how even a small flaw can stand out in an otherwise lovely smile. Let us erase the flaws so that people will only notice your beautiful teeth.