Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding

Among the values shared by our team at James Lin DMD is that we should offer as many options as possible for your oral health care. Choices are central in our mission to empower your dental health decision-making. So when it comes to resolving issues in the front-facing surfaces of your most visible teeth, we take this seriously.

Two of the most popular treatments in this area are dental bonding and porcelain veneers. Each choice has it's own advantages, and we will help you decide which is best for you.

What Conditions Respond to These Restorations?

Intrinsic and extrinsic staining – If your teeth suffer from permanent or genetic staining, the cause may be extrinsic (on the outside surface) or intrinsic (below the surface). Either way, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding can mask these stains.

Damaged or crooked teeth – If you have a tooth that is chipped, cracked, appears uneven, or all the above, either treatment may align tooth edges and hide chips.

Uneven tooth spacing – Small gaps between teeth, also known as diastemas, can cause you problems with appearance and how your teeth function. When we close those gaps, your teeth are less likely to shift.

Dental Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Lin performs dental bonding entirely in-office with skill and artistry. He uses special instruments to mold composite dental resin while still pliable to achieve the desired shape and look. This material and method result in an attractive and durable restoration that may last for years.

A dental veneer is a thin shell of high-grade porcelain that we design in our dental office and then send to a lab for creation. Veneers are stronger than most bonding treatments, create a natural shape and appearance, and resist discoloring. They require at least two visits and because the restoration is precise and permanent, the cost is more. However, with care and caution, this type of restoration may brighten your smile for a decade or longer.

How to Care for Your Restored Teeth

In most cases, porcelain veneers may be more durable than dental bonding treatments, but for either to last, you will want to treat them with care. Here are some guidelines to promote longevity:

  • Avoid chewing ice.
  • Discontinue eating hard and chewy candies.
  • Don't use your teeth to loosen knots or open bottles.
  • Wear a mouthguard for sports, cycling, or other impact activities.
  • Use a nightguard.

While veneers resist staining, bonding material can be damaged by highly acidic items like soda, citrus, tomato-based, or hot chili. Our team recommends you rinse after consuming these foods and drinks with these compounds.

Learn More about Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers in Los Gatos

If you dream of a simple yet effective way to solve specific smile imperfections, then dental bonding could be a perfect choice. The team at James Lin, DMD, is dedicated to ensuring you fully understand the treatment and you make the final decision.

We are happy to schedule a consultation so we can begin the journey to the smile you'll be proud to show everyone!