What’s the Difference Between Bonding and Veneers?
If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile, you may be presented with a couple of options by your dentist – bonding, and veneers. At first, these two would seem rather similar. They are both used to improve the look of your teeth, and each can be a viable choice when things like chipped teeth or caps need to be covered. However, once you look a little closer, there is actually a dramatic difference between these two options.
In this post, we would like to help you better understand the difference between bonding and veneers. Is one of these options better than the other? Which one is right for you? While it will be up to you and your dentist to ultimately decide which option you are going to use for your needs, the information below will help you gain a better understanding of this topic. Once you are ready to discuss the next steps with your dentist, please call our office at your convenience to make an appointment.
The Basics of Bonding and Veneers
To get started, let’s take a look at the basics of each of these two dental procedures. Although they serve generally the same goal, bonding and veneers are actually quite different.
- Bonding. Dentists can use dental bonding to repair broken teeth and to improve the appearance of teeth that may need to be corrected in some way. The actual procedure involves applying composite resin or plastic to the surface of the affected tooth or teeth. Bonding is turned to for a number of reasons, including filling in gaps between teeth, hiding chip damage, and much more. When performed correctly by a qualified dentist, bonding can go a long way toward improving the look of your smile. And, as an added bonus, the bonding process can typically be completed in a single visit to your dentist. If you don’t like long visits to the dentist’s office, or repeat visits to complete a procedure, you will appreciate the simplicity of bonding.
- Veneers. As the name would indicate, veneers are essentially products which will cover up the front of your teeth. These are made from porcelain, which means they are able to hold up nicely over the long run. Teeth which have been chipped or fractured can be corrected with veneers, and these can also be used for strictly cosmetic purposes to hide poor alignment and other issues. Unlike bonding, you are going to have to visit the dentist’s office multiple times in order to have your veneers put in place – it is common for a total of three visits to be required.
As you can see, these two dental procedures don’t really have much in common. It is true that they largely serve the same goals, but they are performed in significantly different ways. The right option for you is going to depend on the work that needs to be done, and your personal preferences for how you would like the task completed.
A Quick Solution
Often, bonding is the method of choice when an immediate solution needs to be made available. For instance, if you have fractured a tooth and you would like it fixed ASAP, turning to bonding makes a lot of sense. You won’t need to wait for multiple appointments to play out before you can have the matter resolved.
On the downside, bonding is not as long-lasting as veneers. The porcelain used to produce your veneers will hold up far better in the long run than the material used in the bonding process. That means you will be less likely to need to come back to the dentist to address the same issue again in the future. So, we can see that there is a tradeoff you will have to make in exchange for saving time up front. If you are going to get the job done quickly through the use of bonding, you might not enjoy the same kind of durability that you would experience if you opted for the more involved veneer procedure.
Long-Term Vision for your Smile
Those who are willing to go through the longer process of having veneers put in place will appreciate the great looks that they offer, in addition to their durability. With that said, it is important to note that this is a more significant dental procedure all the way around. Not only are there more visits to the office involved, but there will be more work done in your mouth to get ready for the veneers to be put in place. Specifically, your teeth will likely need to be shaved down to make room for the veneers. Without shaving down the teeth in the appropriate places, the veneers would not fit properly in your mouth.
At the end of the day, the right choice between bonding and veneers is the one that is going to allow you to have the best possible long-term dental health. And, of course, making that decision will require a chat with your dentist. Only you and your dentist can make this decision logically after looking at all of the various options in play. Even if you think the bonding process would be more desirable due to time saved and less invasive dental work, keep an open mind and talk your dentist about the options. In the end, you may find that veneers make the most sense for your needs.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog, and we hope this post has cleared up any confusion you may have had regarding bonding and veneers. These two dental procedures both have their appropriate uses, and each has led to positive outcomes for countless patients over the years. Here at West Plains Dental we specialize in many cosmetic dental procedures, including tooth colored fillings,teeth whitening, and dental implants. For more information, or to schedule your next appointment, please give us a call during business hours. We look forward to seeing you soon in our Airway Heights Dental Office!