Porcelain Vs. Bonding

By: Patricia Woloch
Today's cosmetic dentists are not only focused on the oral health and well-being of their clients, they put a lot more energy and creativity into the overall appeal of a person's smile.

Your smile says a lot about who you are and is often the very first impression someone will take in and remember about you. Why not put forth the best you can possibly offer? Which is better, porcelain or bonding?

For Appearances

Porcelain veneers are the most attractive of the two alternatives. They are translucent, which means they can be seen through and are able to reflect the light naturally, just the way your own teeth do.

Bonding, on the other hand, is opaque and reflects the light off of the tooth's surface. This may give less of a natural appearance to the treated teeth. Overall, porcelain remains the most natural in its appearance and is often the best choice for this reason.

The cost of porcelain is much higher than it is for bonding, so bonding is more likely to be paid for by dental insurance, if proven to be a needed procedure.

Convenience - Porcelain cannot be completed in one visit to your cosmetic dentist's office, so this raises the cost and requires at least two visits to complete.

Durability - Porcelain can tend to be brittle and is a bad choice for someone who may grind their teeth. The porcelain can actually break under the pressure of a strong bite and is not as easy to repair as bonding. Alternately, porcelain resists stains much better and is easier to keep clean.

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