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dentistpho524   , 47

from Mullinville


Dental Veneers Or Bonding - Dental Specialist In Austin, TX Shares His Opinion

There are some markedly different procedural considerations between a resin bond and a cosmetic veneers procedure done by a dentist in Austin, TX. They both set out to achieve similar results and they both focus on similar dental issues, but the techniques and work involved are really very different – as is the end result. So now you may ask, is one way better than the other? This question really boils down to many things, such as personal preference, budget, resiliency of the product, amount of damage you’re prepared to endure to the original tooth enamel, and many other things.

Why veneers are often considered the better alternative to bonding lay within the materials, techniques, durability and stain resilience of porcelain. Simply put, porcelain will not stain, whereas most bonding will stain over time, causing the bonds to need repair and reconstruction every few years. Porcelain is also much more durable and sturdy over time. Although the veneer may seem thin on its’ own, (being less than 1 millimeter in width), when bonded to a tooth it becomes extremely strong. Also, porcelain is much more life-like, and while proponents of bonding will argue this until the cows come home, most professionals will tell you a porcelain veneer has a much greater lifespan.

What Is Dental Bonding? Bonding closes the spaces between teeth, lengthens and corrects small and oddly shaped teeth, and whitens stained or dark teeth. All this sounds exactly like a cosmetic dentistry veneers procedure, yes? Well, it produces similar results because as I’ve said, both procedures are geared to treat the same conditions. With bonding, any single tooth can be shaped and colored – or if desired and necessary – the entire smile can be changed. When the teeth are chipped and/or beginning to wear, bonding can be the first line of defense to protect the teeth from damage and restore the original look, sometimes going above and beyond your original look to give you a superior smile. It all depends on your desired results.

Bonding with resin is a 1 appointment procedure. The process of bonding is not necessarily as technical as veneers. First the teeth are roughened, then a conditioning gel is applied. Materials such as resin is placed, sculpted to the desired shape by your cosmetic dentist, and then hardened with a high-intensity light. The light is quite harmless, much the same as the laser hardening used with Lumineers (As eluded to in this post). Once the hardening is completed and everything is in place, bonding restorations are really very strong, although not as durable as porcelain veneers. The final result will always depend on the quality of work your dentist is capable of achieving, although these days most dentists are very adept at sculpting, and can leave you will some very remarkable results. There are a variety of different bonding materials available as well. Some can bond well to metal fillings, others to enamel and tooth material. There’s even bonding materials that can attach to porcelain, which enables the ability to repair some porcelain crowns that have become fractured.

So How Much Will Bonding Cost? Here’s where bonding can seem like a better and cheaper version of veneers. Bonding, per tooth, can run anywhere between $250 to $400 (sometimes more). This does depend on your location as well as the extent of bonding you require. Dental insurance plans can cover most – if not all the costs of a bonding procedure – when done for structural reasons. As I mentioned in this post, some composite veneers run at comparable prices to bonding, but you simply will not find porcelain veneers within that price range – without considering a dental tourism package.

Porcelain cosmetic dentistry veneers will last the longest, produce the most natural looking smiles, and will not stain over time. So while the initial expense may seem completely outlandish, over time they are price comparable to lower cost resin bonds, just from the amount of future repair and restoration involved with bonding. If porcelain cosmetic veneers are too cost prohibitive where you live, perhaps you should consider dental tourism as an option. It is a booming industry, with package deals such that you can pay for your return flight, stay in a 4 to 5 star hotel, get your cosmetic veneers, and still come back home with more money than you would spend locally. Or you can find a good affordable dental clinic in Austin, TX and save yourself some time and money.