Patients in the Houston, TX community who are unhappy with their smile are encouraged to ask their dentist about cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. M.H. Peters of Peters Dental Associates is a dedicated professional ready to help patients with broken teeth. Chipped or cracked teeth can not only impact one’s oral health, but it can also impact the appearance of the smile. However, there are ways to address these teeth quickly and easily with the help of a dentist. Dr. M.H. Peters may recommend a solution such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
What method is best?
There is no “one size fits all” solution for a patient that requires tooth repair. Two options for patients to consider include porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Porcelain veneers are ceramic facings that the dentist will custom-create for an individual. These facings are bonded onto the front of the tooth to cover imperfections such as chips and cracks. The veneers do require the dentist to remove a portion of the tooth enamel from the front of the tooth prior to taking impressions. The molds made of the tooth being treated are sent to a dental laboratory along with specific instructions in the final appearance of the restoration. Patients will arrive back to the dental office at a later time for the bonding of the veneers.
Dental bonding, on the other hand, is a method of restoring a tooth using a clay-like material that is placed, hardened, shaped, and filed down to look like natural tooth enamel. This composite resin material is commonly used for dental fillings as well, and is a versatile option for patients who want repairs in one visit.
The primary differences between the two include the time needed to place and the length of the time the restoration will remain. Dental bonding can last a few years before replacement, while veneers will often last a decade or longer with proper care. Additionally, dental bonding is completed in one visit, while veneers require at least two to complete.
Call Peters Dental Associates to learn more about tooth repair
If you are interested in discussing the benefits of tooth repair with veneers and dental bonding, call our team today. Dr. M.H. Peters and his staff in Houston, TX are pleased to provide individuals with solutions that work—and won’t break the bank! Call (281) 486-8061 and visit the practice at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Ste. 100. Our professionals are ready and willing to help new and existing patients with achieving beautiful, healthy smiles for life!