If you want to enjoy a brighter, more stunning smile, you have a number of cosmetic dentistry options to choose from. Two of the most popular and versatile treatments are porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Both treatments can achieve similar results, and they each have their own unique advantages. For example, if you are looking for a cheap dentist in San Diego, you may want to consider bonding. Although Dr. Georgaklis will provide outstanding results, this treatment typically costs less than other cosmetic procedures. On the other hand, if you want the most lifelike results possible, porcelain veneers may be a better solution.

Porcelain Veneers 101

Porcelain veneers are custom-crafted shells, made to match the shape and color of your teeth. To attach these restorations, Dr. Georgaklis will typically need to remove a tiny layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. Then he will take impressions, and lab technicians will use these molds to craft veneers that are a near-perfect fit for your smile. In some cases, Dr. Georgaklis may recommend LUMINEERS®. These unique restorations are much thinner than traditional veneers. Because of their smaller size, Dr. Georgaklis can attach them with little alteration of your natural dental enamel. In either case, veneers can correct a diverse range of cosmetic flaws, including:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen or worn teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Discolored teeth, especially those with severe intrinsic stains

Bonding Basics

If you choose dental bonding, Dr. Georgaklis will lightly etch your teeth. Then he will apply a bonding agent. Thanks to the etching process, your dental enamel will have more surface area. Therefore, the bonding agent will adhere more strongly to your teeth. Then he will apply composite resin to the front of your teeth. Dr. Georgaklis will carefully select the shade that looks most natural with your smile. As he applies the material, he will shape and sculpt it to conceal dental flaws and reshape your teeth. Thanks to his skill and precision, the composite will blend beautifully with your smile. Bonding can perform the same cosmetic functions mentioned above.

Which Treatment Is Right for You?

Because both treatments perform similar functions, choosing the right one can be a challenge. Typically, bonding may be a better solution if:

  • You are on a budget: Bonding is one of the most economical elective dental treatments.
  • You have weakened teeth: Composite resin can often strengthen weakened teeth more effectively than porcelain veneers.
  • You have compromised dental enamel: Dr. Georgaklis will not need to remove any enamel before performing bonding. Therefore, this treatment (or LUMINEERS®) may be the optimal solution if you have suffered enamel erosion.

On the other hand porcelain veneers may be your ideal treatment if:

  • You want the most lifelike results possible: Dental porcelain is slightly translucent. Therefore, it reflects light naturally and has a sparkle that is nearly identical to your own dental enamel.
  • You are concerned about durability: With proper care, porcelain veneers can last a decade or more. Bonding typically lasts three to ten years.

Schedule a Consultation

Need more help deciding which treatment is right for you? Schedule an appointment at our La Jolla office. Dr. Georgaklis will explain more about each procedure. After discussing your dental health and cosmetic goals, he will help you select the optimal treatment for your smile.