Dental Bonding and Veneers: Which is Right for You?

Dental Bonding and Veneers Which Is Right for You

When facing cosmetic issues with teeth, patients are often offered  two cosmetic dentistry options: porcelain veneers or a process known as bonding. Both conceal blemishes and are made to look exactly like a normal tooth; the differences involve the type of material used and the application process. Once patients know the details about each, they can better make an informed choice as to which one is best for them. Dental bonding and veneers each have benefits and drawbacks.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are small pieces of porcelain that are shaped to fit the tooth. They are color-matched or tinted to the rest of the teeth in the mouth. For a veneer to be bonded to the tooth, the surface of the tooth may have to be ground away so that the veneer fits properly. While most people like the look and feel of veneers, they don’t necessarily want to have their teeth ground or sanded down.

Bonding

Bonding uses a polymer resin that is applied to the surface of the tooth to cover imperfections. The polymer can even be used to extend the boundaries of the tooth to fill in small gaps or chips. No grinding or filing is needed during the bonding process, and the teeth are left intact. Much like veneers, the polymer used to cover the tooth is mixed with a tint to match the color of the other teeth in the mouth.

Bonding is a good option for many cosmetic dentistry treatments, including:

  • Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Changing the shape of teeth
  • Closing space between teeth
  • Protecting exposed roots from receding gums

Bonding and porcelain veneers are extremely popular with people who want to improve the look of their smiles by covering small imperfections. Each person will have a preference as to which technique they prefer. Talk to your dentist to find out which process will work best for you. Bonding and veneers are safe and will add years to your smile.

Ultimate Smile Design provides a range of cosmetic dentistry services, including dental bonding and veneers. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists. Your healthy, beautiful smile is our ultimate goal.

 

FAQs

Teeth Bonding vs. Veneers – Which is Better for You?

Veneers and teeth bonding are both dental treatments that enhance the appearance of teeth. The choice between the two will depend on individual factors, so it is recommended that you consult with your dentist for a personalized treatment plan.

 Why Is Teeth Bonding Done?

Teeth bonding can improve the appearance of your smile by covering imperfections like gaps, stains, or chips while also protecting exposed tooth roots from receding gums.

Are There Any Risks of Teeth Bonding?

Dental bonding is a safe, simple outpatient procedure. There are no adverse risks involved.

When Is Dental Bonding Used?

Dental bonding is often used to replace silver fillings with tooth-colored composite resin, improving the appearance of the teeth. It can also be used to repair decayed or broken teeth by filling in cavities, chips, or cracks. Bonding strengthens the tooth and protects it from further damage.

How Do I Prepare for Teeth Bonding?

Bonding your teeth is a dental procedure you must discuss with your dentist. Once it is determined to be a viable option for you, no special preparation is needed for teeth bonding. 

How Do I Take Care of a Bonded Tooth?

To keep a bonded tooth in good condition, avoid habits that can damage it, like chewing on hard objects or eating hard foods and candies. Remember, composite resin is not as strong as natural teeth and enamel, so be careful to protect the bond. These habits can harm both the bonded tooth and your natural teeth.

Who Benefits from Veneers?

Veneers are recommended for individuals with significant teeth discoloration and stains that may not respond well to alternative treatments such as teeth bonding.

Which Type of Veneer is Best?

Consulting with a dental professional is recommended when determining the most suitable type of veneer for your needs. Consider cost, installation time, appearance, and longevity. By discussing these factors with your dentist, you can make an informed decision to ensure you have a smile and are happy and confident for a long time.

Will I Get Cavities With Veneers on My Teeth?

Achieve a flawless smile with veneers—you won’t have to worry about tooth decay if you give them some love and care!

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

When properly placed by a skilled cosmetic dentist, porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years with regular oral hygiene practices and dental check-ups.