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Bonding vs. Whitening – Which is Right for Me?

Do you want to do something about spotted, discolored, or irregular looking teeth? If so, your dentist has probably recommended cosmetic treatments that can help to erase those anomalies. Most likely, you’ve considered trying to whiten the areas away, or to have bonding placed over them to cover them up. While these options aren’t appropriate for all types of aesthetic concerns, they do have many benefits.

Here are a few things to consider before choosing whether you want to whiten your teeth or have them bonded:

Teeth Whitening

Whitening is ideal for areas where the enamel has a normal shape and texture. If a tooth is darker from an overall standpoint, then whitening is a simple way to make the tooth look lighter. Localized discoloration, such as white spots or brown decalcifications may show mild to moderate improvement – depending on the type of whitening method you choose. 

Composite Bonding

Bonding is used to cover or re-shape specific areas of the teeth. Unlike veneers, bonding does not cover the entire front surface of the tooth. The material is matched to resemble the surrounding enamel, so that it blends in. If you have an area of tooth enamel that is pitted or irregular, then bonding is ideal for covering it up. Since some types of stains are associated with malformed enamel, bonding is the treatment of choice.

Severe stains can also be buffed out of the tooth and then either whitened or bonded over – depending on the severity of the lesion. Your dentist will have to examine the area closely to recommend the most appropriate type of treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

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