I wonder if I should have gotten veneers instead of bonding. My dentist replaced the old bonding on four of my front teeth, and I think the new bonding looks uglier than the old yellow bonding. The color does not match my other teeth. Also, two teeth have a rough matte finish, and one tooth is longer than the others. My teeth with bonding look like they belong to four different people. Despite four tries within the past two months, my dentist cannot correct the color, texture, or length of my teeth. Will I have better success with porcelain veneers? Thank you. Leigh from Elk Grove, CA
Thank you for your question.
Dr. Finley or Dr. Henderson would need to examine your teeth and bonding, but it is unlikely that porcelain veneers are the only way to restore your teeth.
It takes advanced training, skill, and artistic talent for dentists to apply dental bonding and make it match your surrounding teeth. If your dentist lacks the training and skill, they cannot correct your bonding regardless of how many times they try.
Cosmetic dentists stock a selection of composite bonding materials with varying texture, color, and translucence for a perfect match in your tooth color and characteristics.
We recommend scheduling appointments with at least two advanced cosmetic dentists to examine your teeth and discuss your options.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Bonding
Although porcelain veneers and dental bonding treat similar concerns, veneers require more tooth preparation than dental bonding. A dentist must remove a fraction of a millimeter of tooth enamel from natural teeth before fitting them for porcelain veneers. In contrast, a dentist will lightly roughen your teeth before applying dental bonding.
A cosmetic dentist can achieve natural-looking results with bonding or porcelain veneers. During a consultation, the dentist will explain what you can expect from treatment, including:
- Tooth preparation
- Longevity of cosmetic work
After the consultations, you can compare your options and decide whether you prefer new bonding or porcelain veneers.
Sugar Land, Texas, cosmetic dentist Dr. Siny Thomas sponsors this post.