Damaged, stained or misshapen teeth?
Although these common concerns may be considered cosmetic, they can also impact your dental health and should be addressed by Dr. Nottingham, a South Florida cosmetic dentist.
There are typically two common treatment options for these dental concerns: dental veneers and tooth bonding. Dr. Nottingham, an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist, will perform a thorough exam and discuss your personal concerns and goals before making a recommendation for the appropriate treatment.
Although tooth bonding and porcelain veneers can treat similar problems, there are distinct differences between the two that affect the procedure, treatment costs and longevity of results. Dr. Nottingham will discuss this during a consultation but here are some important points to consider when faced with these options.
Veneers vs Tooth Bonding
Tooth bonding is effective in treating minor cosmetic concerns or dental health concerns such as small chips or cracks in a tooth, cavities and small gaps between the teeth. This dental treatment is typically completed during a single visit to our Fort Lauderdale dentist office.
Tooth bonding requires no tooth preparation and will generally last around 5 years with good dental care and oral hygiene. It is often recommended as a preliminary step to porcelain veneers for young patients who are still growing or patients who do not want to incur the cost of dental veneers.
Porcelain veneers can address a wider range of concerns, including tooth stains or spots that can not be treated successfully with teeth whitening. They are a permanent solution to your cosmetic or dental health problems and can dramatically change the overall look of your smile. A multi step process, porcelain veneers require Dr. Nottingham to remove a small portion of the tooth’s surface for placement of the custom made dental veneers.
Porcelain veneers are made of an ultra thin, translucent material that reflects light like a natural tooth, providing a beautiful and natural looking smile. They are highly durable and stain resistant, lasting for many years with proper oral hygiene and dental care.
Dr. Nottingham is a nationally recognized cosmetic dentist with extensive training and experience in cosmetic dentistry. He works with each patient to create a personalized treatment plan that will help them achieve the smile they desire while supporting long term dental health.