Porcelain Veneers vs. Tooth Bonding and Crowns
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Porcelain Veneers vs. Bonding and Crowns

In the past, the only way to correct teeth imperfections was to cover them with a crown. Today, in most of the cases, your cosmetic dentist can provide you with at least 3 alternatives solutions : dental crown, tooth bonding or porcelain veneer.

This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of dental porcelain veneers vs. bonding or crowns.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers vs. Bonding and Crowns

  • Porcelain veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth's color and shape
  • Require less tooth structure removal than crowns.
  • Last longer than bonding
  • Provide a more natural tooth appearance.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
  • The color of a porcelain veneer can be precisely adjusted to match the desired color.
  • Veneers can last from ten to fifteen years (at least equal to crowns and much more of bonding).
  • Veneers do not only beautify the tooth but can actually strengthen it.
  • They need no additional maintenance, other than proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis.

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers vs. Bonding and Crowns

  • Porcelain veneers cost much more than composite resin bonding
  • Not reversible removal of tooth structure, but in less extend than crowns
  • The tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold due to enamel loss
  • Veneers are not as strong as crowns, they can chip or crack more easily. They can not be used for teeth with extensive structural damage.
  • Teeth with veneers can still experience decay, same as a crowned or bonded tooth.
  • Veneers are not suitable for individuals with active periodontal disease, weakened teeth or for teeth who have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface.
  • Dental veneers should not be used if there is a bruxism problem. Teeth grinding or clenching can cause the veneers to crack or chip.

If you want to improve your smile’s appearance you should first visit a cosmetic dentist for consultation. Cosmetic dentists have the expertise to analyze your cosmetic needs, and propose a complete plan of cosmetic dental procedures that will best fit your expectations and finances.

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