If you are dissatisfied with the condition of your teeth, bonding and veneers are two cosmetic dentistry services that can help restore confidence in your smile. While both can enhance the appearance of your teeth, they do so in different ways. It is important to understand their differences so that you will know which treatment can help you achieve the results you want.
What is Bonding?
Bonding is a composite resin that is bonded to your teeth with special glue. The resin, which is custom color-matched to your teeth, can be shaped by hand directly over your teeth to perfect any irregularities. Once the bonding has been applied to your teeth, a special ultraviolet light is used to cure and harden the bonding and permanently attach it to the enamel of the teeth. Bonding is commonly used to close gaps between teeth and for teeth that are cracked, misshapen, chipped or decayed.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. They can be used to correct crookedness, cracks, stains or gaps in your teeth. In order to be fitted with veneers, your dentist may have to file down the enamel of your teeth to make space for the thickness of the veneers. This is so that your veneers can fit on your teeth seamlessly and appear natural. A mold of the affected teeth is formed and sent to a dental laboratory where your veneers will be created. While you are waiting for your final veneers to be completed, you will be fitted with a set of temporary ceramic veneers to wear.
Which is Better for You?
Bonding is applied to your teeth with little preparation while you are sitting in the dentist’s chair. It can be completed during a single appointment and without a loss of healthy tooth material, but the composite resin material used for bonding can become very discolored over time. While veneers require at least two appointments in order for the fitting to be complete, they are able to maintain their color as they are resistant to stains from smoking, tea, coffee or wine.
If you are concerned about price, you may favor bonding as it is less costly than obtaining veneers. However, the appearance of veneers is much more appealing than bonding. In fact, it can be nearly impossible to distinguish between your natural teeth and your veneers. Veneers are also more of a permanent solution as they can last up to 20 years. Bonding is useful if you want a quick cosmetic dental solution, but does not last nearly as long.
If you are looking for a way to beautify your smile, Dr. Limmer and his staff at Trailhead Dental can provide you with a wide range of cosmetic dentistry solutions, including bonding and veneers. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.