Do you have a chipped tooth? What about a misshapen tooth or one with surface imperfections? If so, then you need a cosmetic restoration to improve the appearance of your smile. We actually offer two forms of restoration, porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Which procedure will best address your smile imperfections?

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding, also known as cosmetic bonding, refers to a procedure that builds back missing tooth structure and covers other cosmetic issues. We use the same material as we do for tooth-colored fillings. We first remove any decay and clean the tooth. We may etch the tooth to help the bonding material adhere better. After applying several layers we cure the material with a light, sculpting as it dries. Finally, we polish the material. In a single visit we can restore the tooth.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers also change the appearance of the tooth and restore damage or cosmetic issues. Instead of suing a composite resin, we apply a thin shell of porcelain. We use porcelain because the material mimics the appearance of enamel, can withstand the pressures and bite forces expected, and is stain-resistant. Veneers can mask discoloration, repair damage, and change the appearance of malformed or worn down teeth. The procedure typically takes two visits to complete and can last for decades. The veneers are custom-made to ensure they blend with your smile and look completely natural.

Which One Will Work Best for Me?

If you need minor repairs or cosmetic fixes, then cosmetic bonding may be more cost-effective. If you are crunched for time, the procedure can be completed in a single visit and doesn’t require the fabrication of a restoration. However, veneers are more lifelike, which you may prefer for the teeth near the front of the mouth. If you have any questions, please contact our office today.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.