Dental Tips Blog

Jun
23

Dental Bonding vs. Veneers

The dental terms “veneers” and “bonding” are not interchangeable. Four factors can help you to determine which procedure is right for you.

Process

Veneers are thin shells of a tooth-colored material like porcelain. They fit over the entire front and edges of a front tooth to give it a uniform surface. Veneers are custom-designed in a lab and placed at a later time.

Bonding is simply when the dentist carefully molds tooth-colored putty onto a portion of your tooth to even it out. The putty is cured with a light and polished to a smooth finish.

Time

Bonding is the best choice if an accident leaves you with a chipped front tooth. The tooth may be sharp against your tongue, sensitive to temperature, and make you self-conscious.

Dental bonding can be done in a matter of minutes so that your tooth is whole and protected. Veneers require more than one appointment to complete the process. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might consider replacing the bonding with a veneer later on down the road.

Expense

In comparison with tooth bonding, veneers are a much larger investment. But bonding will not last forever and may need to be updated a number of times. Veneers are more conservative than bonding and have lasted for upwards of ten years.

Purpose

Bonding is great for smoothing out a chipped or rough edge. Bonding can also protect exposed areas of tooth root. Veneers are entirely a cosmetic procedure. They can give your entire smile a boost if you have them applied to multiple teeth.

Talking with your dentist personally is the best way to determine which restorative and cosmetic procedures will make your smile glow. Schedule an appointment today!

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

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