I need to figure out if there is anything I can do to improve the appearance of my teeth. I am a 33-year-old adult with baby-sized teeth. It is very embarrassing to smile. One of the things I am considering is dental bonding to make the babyish teeth look better. Is that a good solution? Is there a better one?
While you could use dental bonding for this, there are drawbacks. First, dental bonding does better on tiny repairs, such as a chipped tooth. For larger repairs, such as what you are facing, you will be much better off with porcelain veneers. Compared to your natural enamel, dental bonding is quite soft. It will scratch and stain easily, making it only a short term solution.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are stronger than your enamel when they are bonded to your teeth. They are also much more stain resistant. When well cared for, you can expect them to last a lifetime in many cases.
Who Should Do Your Porcelain Veneers?
It is important you find an expert cosmetic dentist to do this. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty so any general dentist can “do” cosmetic dentistry. On top of that, smile makeovers do not get taught in dental school. If they want to learn how to do beautiful cosmetic work, dentists have to invest in post-doctoral training on their own.
So, how will you know which dentists have this training and which do not? The easiest way is to use an AACD accredited dentist. These dentists have passed stringent exams on both their technical skill and their artistry. They are the top cosmetic dentists in the country and any one of them can create a stunning smile for you.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.