If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, you should be the first to know that options for perfecting that grin abound when you visit an experienced cosmetic dentist. Two excellent treatments for damaged pearly whites include porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding in the Chicago Loop. But is either one a good option for you? Keep reading to find out more about each — and whether or not you are a candidate.
What Bonding Can Fix
Cosmetic bonding is a good option for repairing minor cosmetic imperfections affecting the front teeth. It is a non-invasive, pain-free treatment that can be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s office. In addition to being a wonderful cosmetic fix, the same material can be used to restore structural issues (like broken teeth, small spots of decay) in the back teeth.
If you have any of the following, your dentist may recommend cosmetic bonding.
- Slight chips in the front teeth
- Minor gaps between teeth
- Visible pits and grooves in the surface of the teeth
- Stained teeth that have not improved with professional teeth whitening
- And more
What Veneers Can Fix
If you have more significant issues affecting the teeth that show when you smile, you may be better suited for porcelain veneers. Usually completed over the course of two visits to the dentist’s office, this treatment uses thin coverings to completely cover imperfect front teeth.
Veneers may be recommended for patients who experience the following issues:
- Misshapen teeth
- Short or stubby teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Pointy teeth (often called “vampire” teeth)
- Severely stained teeth that have not improved with professional teeth whitening
- And more
Which One Is Best for You?
If you feel like you may benefit from one or more cosmetic dentistry treatments but are unsure which would be best for your smile, the only thing to do is schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in the Chicago Loop you trust. During a consultation, the dentist and their team will evaluate your teeth, discuss your smile goals, and talk you through what your treatment plan would look like. In general, more minor imperfections indicate cosmetic bonding — while people who are ready to invest more in their smiles may prefer to go all the way with porcelain veneers. Whichever one is right for you, you can look forward to grinning with full confidence in practically no time!
Meet the Practice
Dr. Lillian Obucina has provided quality dental care for families and neighbors in the Chicago Loop for over 25 years. From porcelain veneers to cosmetic bonding and many more treatments in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Obucina and her team provide quality care for patients of all ages. To learn more or to schedule an appointment you are invited to call the Lakefront Dental at (312) 909-2839 today.