A Look at Veneers vs Bonding…
Which is the Best for You?
Just as every smile is different, the Dr. E Cosmetic and Family Dentistry team believes there is no one-size-fits all approach to taking care of YOU! That’s why sometimes Dr. E may recommend a cosmetic procedure such as bonding to one patient while suggesting veneers for another. Here’s an overview of each cosmetic dental procedure to help you better understand veneers vs bonding. You can then determine which option may be the best “fit” for you and your smile.
What is teeth bonding?
During a teeth bonding procedure, the dentist applies a highly durable, tooth-colored composite resin to the surface of the teeth. A bonding agent is applied and the dentist then sculpts, buffs and polishes the area. The goal is to give it as natural an appearance as possible to the rest of your teeth. Teeth bonding is recommended to patients who wish to fill small gaps or repair a minor chipped, broken or discolored tooth or teeth.
Benefits of teeth bonding
This popular cosmetic procedure requires no anesthesia. It is therefore considered a simple “in and out” treatment that can be completed in a single visit. The procedure typically takes less than an hour from start to finish. It is highly affordable compared to other treatments. Also, it lasts as long as 6 – 8 years for patients that practice proper oral care. Therefore, in this veneers vs bonding scenario, patients love teeth bonding because not only it is easy to schedule and maintain — it’s also easy on the wallet.
What are veneers?
Veneers are recommended to patients who wish to improve or transform their smiles. Issues may include noticeably crooked teeth, large gaps or chipped or broken teeth. Cosmetic veneers are ultra-thin shells made of porcelain that are specially fitted to cover the front surface of the teeth. A dentist must sculpt the tooth to make room for the veneer and then apply a strong dental adhesive to bond the shell to the tooth.
How are veneers made?
The process of making veneers requires the dental team to take an impression of your teeth. The impression is then sent out to a dental lab to create the custom-fitted veneer(s). Patients receive a temporary veneer until the final veneers are created and later inserted by the dentist.
Note that some dentists also offer patients composite vs. porcelain veneers. Dr. E will recommend a composite veneer for a shorter-term solution, such as when someone under the age of 18 breaks or chips a tooth. Porcelain lasts longer and if the entire front facing of a tooth needs to be restored, Dr. E says the patient would be better off with porcelain.
Benefits of veneers
This painless procedure achieves highly realistic results as the porcelain composition is both white and translucent, closely mirroring the natural teeth. Also, porcelain does not stain or discolor compared to composites and veneers typically last up to 20 years! Patients who wish to fix unsightly issues and achieve natural, long-lasting results are great candidates for dental veneers vs bonding.
How do I take care of my “new” smile?
Once you’ve invested in teeth bonding or dental veneers, it is important to protect and preserve your smile! In addition to regular brushing and flossing, it is wise to cut down on consumption of teeth-staining beverages like coffee and red wine. You should also avoid nail biting and hard candies and never use your teeth as “tools” — grab the scissors instead! Of course, be sure to continue to visit your dentist regularly so that they can monitor your smile and overall oral health.
Am I a better candidate for teeth bonding or dental veneers?
In general, teeth bonding is best for patients who have more minor cosmetic issues, such as a slightly chipped or discolored tooth. Patients who require or desire major changes to their smile may be better candidates for veneers. These patients suffer from severely cracked or discolored teeth, have large gaps or overlapping teeth and wish to significantly transform their smiles. Of course, your dentist should listen to your concerns and evaluate the condition of your teeth. Your dentist will then weigh in with their recommendation on whether you should pursue veneers vs bonding for your teeth.
The veneers vs bonding takeaway…
Both cosmetic dental procedures use different materials and techniques to accomplish similar outcomes. They are both safe, effective and yield natural-looking, long-term results. But your dentist can help you evaluate which treatment to opt for and how to get the best outcome for your smile. Regardless of whether you choose dental veneers or teeth bonding, you and your dentist are taking effective steps to profoundly improve your smile and self-confidence!
To find out if you’re a good candidate for veneers or teeth bonding, schedule a consult with the Dr. E Cosmetic and Family Dentistry team today! 480-494-2435.