If you’ve been considering cosmetic dental treatments to improve the way your teeth look, you’ve probably wondered what the difference is between cosmetic bonding and dental veneers. Both treatments are useful for correcting the appearance of the front teeth, but their treatment method varies greatly. Here are some important differences between the two types of treatment.
Bonding uses tooth colored material that is similar to that found in white fillings. During the procedure, the material is applied to small, specific areas of concern to improve the way the tooth looks. Areas commonly corrected included gaps between the front teeth, chipped front teeth, or exposed roots. The color of the composite is carefully matched so that it blends in with your tooth and is not noticeable up against it or next to adjacent teeth.
Porcelain veneers are cemented in place directly over the front of the teeth being treated. Usually several teeth will be treated at a time, allowing the overall appearance of the smile to be transformed. Rather than a small area of a tooth being corrected, veneers are used to create the appearance of straight, white, perfectly sized teeth across the front of the mouth. The shape and color of veneers are selected to design the “perfect” smile for that patient’s preferences. Different types of veneers are available, ranging from no-prep to traditional porcelain veneers.
Now that you know more about how veneers and bonding works, it’s time to see your dentist to find out which method can help you get the changes in your smile that you’ve been waiting on.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care
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