I have a gap between my two front teeth that I want closed without having to wear braces. I am trying to decide on whether to get bonding or porcelain veneers to close the gap. I already know that the bonding is cheaper but if it’s not going to hold up and I will have to keep replacing it, I’d rather spend more money on veneers. Will the bonding last or should I go ahead and the veneers? thanks Justyn
Dental bonding, if applied by a cosmetic dentist, will work beautifully to close a small gap. But the composite does have its limitations. In time it will discolor, and it can be more fragile that porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are just as durable as tooth enamel.
Dental composite will pick up stains over time, in contrast with porcelain veneers, which will not stain. Over time dental bonding will also wear away and need to be replaced. If you take good care of porcelain veneers, they can last 15 to 20 years or longer.
Keep in mind that dental bonding does not work well with a large gap. It can make your teeth look disproportionately large. If you have a large gap, or if you want a longer-lasting solution, porcelain veneers are the best option. Porcelain veneers are much stronger than the bonding material. They will last for years without staining or chipping.
Have a consultation with one or two dentists who are trained and experienced in cosmetic dentistry. Each dentist will discuss the pros and cons of your options. Whether you receive dental bonding or porcelain veneers, a cosmetic dentist has the artistic inclination required to close the gap in way that will make it look like it never existed.
This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ top cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.