February 4, 2018
The old saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” holds true across the ages. Everyone has a different idea of what looks good and what doesn’t! Some people have a gap in their teeth and wouldn’t change it. But others have always been bothered by their gap and haven’t wanted to endure months or years of braces in order to close it. If you fall into that category, you’ll be glad to know that there are other options!
As a cosmetic dentist in Allen, we have two types of dental treatments that can close a gap and create a beautiful, even smile: bonding and veneers. In this blog, we’ll talk more about the pros and cons of each treatment and which one might be right for you.
Pros and Cons of Bonding
First, we’ll explain what bonding is to help you better understand how this treatment works.
Bonding is a procedure in which a white-colored filling material, just like what’s used to do fillings on back teeth, is bonded to your front teeth. This bonding can be used in many cosmetic capacities, including closing a gap in between teeth.
The color will be matched to the existing color of your teeth, so we recommend that you whiten beforehand if you’d like to have a brighter smile. Once the bonding is done it won’t change color with whitening treatments, which is why it’s easier to simply match it to your new shade to begin with.
Here is a list of the pros and cons of bonding:
- Less expensive
- More conservative (meaning that less tooth structure is removed)
- Only requires one appointment
- May not work in all cases
- Generally doesn’t last as long as a veneer
- Can only be used for relatively minor issues
- Isn’t as strong as a veneer and can chip or break more easily
Pros and Cons of Veneers
A veneer is a wafer-thin covering, often made of porcelain, which is permanently adhered to the front of a tooth. While only a minimal amount of the existing tooth is removed, it’s a bit more than what bonding requires.
Here are some of the pros and cons of veneers:
- Can be used in almost any situation
- It’s a more permanent option
- Veneers are stronger and can better withstand chewing forces
- Costs more upfront
- Requires two visits
If you’d like to close a gap in your front teeth the best place to start is scheduling a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in Allen. They’ll be able to assess your unique situation and recommend the treatment option that would work best for you!
About the Author
All of the dentists at Ryan Dental Group are passionate about helping their patients achieve their cosmetic goals – whatever they may be. They always offer multiple options and take the time to explain the differences between them so that their patients can make informed decisions. If you have any questions, they can be reached via their website or at (972) 727-5001.