So, you’re interested in improving the appearance of your front teeth. Maybe you have internal stains or defects and some chipping and wear. There are two main options to help you improve the appearance of your smile that we will run through in this article so you have a better understanding of what might be best for you. But, as always, discuss this with your dentist, as they can recommend the optimal treatment based on your particular needs.
What is Direct Bonding?
Direct bonding is when dental filling material is used to lay a thin covering on the front surface of a tooth. The filling material is moulded using several types of dental tools until an ideal shape and look is achieved. The filling material is then cured and hardened into place. This can be done several times until the results are perfect. Direct bonding can be used for single or multiple teeth at once.
Advantages of Direct Bonding
Direct bonding is less expensive than dental veneers because the materials are less expensive, they aren’t custom-made, and there is no need for a dental lab. Direct bonding is also a great option for localized areas needing a slight touch-up. Direct bonding can change a tooth’s shade, shape and size. Very little natural tooth structure must be removed for direct bonding, just a thin amount of enamel to bond the filling material. Direct bonding is cost-effective.
Disadvantages of Direct Bonding
Because direct bonding is less of a permanent solution vs. dental veneers, it only lasts for a short time and may chip and stain with time. Thus, it will likely need to be occasionally touched up by your dentist.
What is a Dental Veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin porcelain or ceramic covering made in a lab specifically for your tooth. A thin amount of enamel is removed, and impressions are taken of your teeth so the lab can make the veneer(s) fit perfectly with your smile.
Advantages of Dental Veneers
Veneers are the gold standard when it comes to a smile makeover. They give you a perfect look you are hoping to achieve. Your dentist will help you select the appropriate shade, size, and shape for the veneers best suit your smile. Veneers are a more permanent solution and are not prone to chipping, breaking or staining. If properly cared for, veneers can last 10+ years.
Disadvantages of Dental Veneers
Because veneers are the best aesthetically functional option for a smile makeover, they are more expensive. Veneers will cost you 2-3 times more than direct bonding. Also, you will need to have temporary veneers placed for about a week before the permanent veneers are made in the lab.
Book a consultation with us to discuss which cosmetic dental options are best for your smile.