August 10, 2019
Countless Americans want to improve how their smile looks, and who could blame them? Having a big, bright, and beautiful set of teeth is scientifically proven to make people judge someone as more attractive, friendly, and intelligent. Whether you’re hoping to get rid of common flaws or simply take your smile to the next level, a few minutes on the internet will probably tell you that cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers in Flushing are two of your best options. But which one is better? If you’re going to invest in your teeth, you want to get the most bang for your buck, right? Today, we put these treatments head to head so you can determine which one is right for you.
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding involves placing a color-matched composite resin onto a tooth to build up the enamel, which allows a dentist to literally sculpt it to perfection. The resin is made of a glass particle and plastic mixture, and it can be used to cover minor chips, stains, and gaps. From applying to sculpting to hardening the resin, the treatment usually takes just an hour, and the results can be trusted to last for about 10 years.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
With porcelain veneers, the teeth are covered with thin ceramic restorations that act like masks, changing their shape, size, and color to whatever someone wants. This enables veneers to fix a multitude of imperfections at the same time, including noticeable stains, chips, gaps, and cracks. Most of the perfect smiles you see in Hollywood are actually the result of veneers. The process of preparing the teeth for veneers, making the restorations, and placing them typically requires two to three appointments, and after that, they tend to last for about 15-20 years.
So…Which One is Better?
Both treatments are able to deliver gorgeous results, but each one has its own unique advantages and benefits. Bonding takes less time than getting porcelain veneers, and is more affordable as well, but the results don’t last nearly as long, and bonding is susceptible to staining while veneers are not. If you’re hoping to get a quick touch-up, bonding is probably the right way to go.
However, if you want a cosmetic solution that both looks great and can be trusted to last, then your best choice is porcelain veneers. The material used to make them is much stronger than bonding, plus they’re able to improve the entire smile at once as opposed to just one tooth. Veneers are also capable of tackling large chips and gaps that are beyond the scope of bonding, and with minimal maintenance, veneers are able to endure quite a bit longer as well.
Of course, the most effective way to decide which treatment is best for you is to simply consult a cosmetic dentist in Flushing. Your goals and input will make it easy for them to recommend the appropriate treatment, and from there, it’s just a matter of time before you see your dream smile in the mirror every morning.
About the Author
Dr. Richard Gochman earned his dental degree from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 1983. After completing his residency, he opened his private practice here in Flushing in 1984. Dr. Gochman is an accomplished cosmetic dentist who has completed countless smile makeovers, and he always personalizes his approach based on his patients’ unique goals. To learn more about cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers, visit our website or call (718) 359-3555 to schedule a consultation.
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