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1200 Village Creek Drive #102 Plano, TX 75093

Porcelain Veneers vs. Tooth Bonding

Do you have damaged or discolored teeth? Are you looking for a treatment to cover imperfections in your smile? Dr. Mark Sowell offers cosmetic dental care to improve the aesthetics of the smile. Dr. Mark Sowell provides dental veneers and tooth bonding treatment to patients in Plano, TX. Both veneers and bonding can repair tooth damage, close gaps between teeth, reshape teeth, lengthen teeth, and brighten the tooth enamel. Here you can learn about each of these cosmetic dental options.

Veneers and Bonding in Plano, Texas

Dental Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that we bond to the front of the tooth enamel. One of the most popular types of veneers is porcelain veneers. Made of porcelain ceramic, these veneers reflect light just like natural teeth. They can last ten to fifteen years. Porcelain veneers require some preparation, which means we etch into the tooth enamel. This creates a proper bonding surface for the veneers and does not damage the natural tooth enamel.

However, we also offer minimal and no-prep veneers in our office. DURAthin veneers are ultra-thin veneers that we can apply to teeth without preparing the enamel. They are made of porcelain ceramic but are much thinner than regular porcelain veneers. DURAthin veneers may be applied to the teeth without any preparation needed. They also last five to ten years.

Lumineers are another type of veneer made of thin laminate. They are just 0.3 mm thick, while traditional veneers are 0.5 mm thick. Although Lumineers may be more costly than traditional veneers, they typically last twice as long. Lumineers can last up to twenty years with the right care.

Tooth Bonding Treatment

Dental bonding uses biocompatible resin material to cover gaps between teeth, discolored teeth, crooked teeth, and damaged teeth. We will often recommend tooth bonding treatment for patients who want a quicker, less costly treatment compared to veneers. Tooth bonding also benefits patients who have minor cosmetic imperfections. Dental bonding can easily fix a chip or break in a single tooth or brighten a worn or injured tooth. We also color-match the bonding material to ensure that it blends in with your natural smile.

After your bonding treatment, avoid tobacco products or foods and beverages that easily stain the teeth. To keep your bonded teeth bright, use non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Additionally, you can schedule regular dental appointments so we can keep track of your results.

Renew Your Smile Today

Are you interested in dental veneers or tooth bonding treatment? Request a dental consultation with Dr. Sowell on our website. New patients can call us at (972) 382-6855 and current patients may call (972) 931-0090. At your next dental visit, please let Dr. Sowell know if you have any further questions or concerns about your cosmetic dental treatment. He will be happy to review your options with you.