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Cosmetic dentistry options explained
Updated: 7/2/2008 2:00:29 PM
 

There are now a number of options open to people who want a straight, white smile. The question is, which is the right one to choose?

Two of the most common cosmetic treatments are porcelain veneers and bonding. To help patients make an informed decision, dentist Dr Spinner has outlined the pros and cons of each treatment on Best Syndication.

Porcelain veneers, he says, are the most realistic-looking option. As they are translucent they are able to reflect the light naturally, in the same way as normal teeth do.

In addition, such veneers resist stains better and are easier to clean.

However the cost of this treatment is higher than bonding and cannot be completed in one visit. Porcelain is also a fairly brittle material and the veneers can actually break under the pressure of a strong bite.

Bonding is stronger and easier to repair, as well as cheaper. However, because it is opaque, the teeth have a less natural appearance.

In terms of the process, a porcelain veneer is fitted over the top of a tooth that has been filed down. Bonding, on the other hand, involves using a dental composite paste to repair chipped teeth, close gaps or fill in holes.
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