Choosing Between Veneers and Cosmetic Bonding

At Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey, Michigan, Dr. David Ellsworth not only takes pleasure in helping patients achieve optimal dental health but also enjoys crafting beautiful smiles. The cosmetic dentistry offerings at Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey include porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding, both of which have their pros and cons.

Veneers and bonding can perform many of the same tasks, including covering tooth stains and changing the size and shape of a tooth that is chipped, misshapen, or slightly crooked. The bonding procedure, which takes only one office visit, involves placing a tooth-colored resin material on the tooth and sculpting it to the optimal shape. The soft material is then hardened and polished to look just like natural tooth enamel. Placing veneers is slightly more invasive, as it requires removing a thin layer of enamel first. Once the ultrathin porcelain tooth coverings are made in a dental lab, the patient returns for a second appointment to have them bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth.

Correcting tooth imperfections with bonding is faster and less expensive than placing veneers. Unless a cavity is involved, bonding also rarely requires anesthesia. However, cosmetic bonding does not last as long as veneers or resist stains as well. Because veneers require the reduction of tooth enamel, they are not reversible, but they can be adjusted and replaced as necessary. Dentists often recommend bonding for small issues or as a temporary fix until veneers can be placed at a later date. A thorough consultation with a cosmetic dentist can help patients decide on the right treatment approach for their particular issues.


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Located on West Jefferson Street in Petoskey, Michigan, Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey has a commitment to outstanding, highly skilled, anxiety-free dentistry. Founded in 2007, the company strives to provide patients with a relaxed, enjoyable dental experience by employing state-of-the-art equipment, the client’s choice of music, video goggles, safe and sterile procedures, and a friendly and professional team dedicated to delivering the highest level of care. Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey offers restorative services such as root canal therapy, tooth extractions, cosmetic fillings, scaling and root planing, and crowns and bridges, as well as cosmetic procedures including whitening, contouring, dental implants, and SmartMove tooth alignment. The practice uses digital X-ray machines, which provide patients with clearer images and minimized radiation exposure. The company focuses on patient education and makes sure that all individuals receive treatment that is tailored just for them. Harbor Pointe Dental is operated by David Ellsworth, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in April 2003. Dr. Ellsworth understands the importance of giving back, having experienced the benefits of volunteering directly, and he makes community service a priority. Dr. Ellsworth donates his time to Give Kids a Smile Day, the Migrant Dental Program, and the Donated Dental Services program, as well as making special visits to local schools to provide preventive education to students regarding dental health. Dr. Ellsworth is a practitioner of conscious sedation, an anti-anxiety method that provides comfortable, painless, and stress-free care to patients who dislike visiting the dentist or who have had bad experiences previously. He is also a member of DOCS Education (formerly the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation). Pricing and insurance information for Harbor Pointe Dental can be found on the company website, along with driving directions and a number of educational resources. Appointments may be arranged online at any time at

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