When facing cosmetic issues with the teeth, patients are often offered two options: porcelain veneers or a process known as bonding. Both conceal blemishes and both are made to look exactly like a normal tooth; the differences involve the type of material used and the application process. Once a patient knows the details about each, they are better able to make an informed choice as to which one is best for them. Dental bonding and veneers each have benefits and drawbacks.
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 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. There is no grinding or filing 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 smile 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.