Not satisfied with the appearance of your teeth, and not sure the best cosmetic dentistry method to fix it? Here are a few things to know about bonding and veneers.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is when you add a resin material to the surface of your teeth to improve the appearance. It can be applied to the entire font surface of the teeth, or to the sites or tips of the teeth to reshape them. Bonding material can be applied to individual teeth or all your teeth, and the resin can match the color of the surrounding teeth.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are made out of a porcelain material, and are a thin shell that is attached to the front surface of your teeth. It is designed to cover chips, cracks, discoloration, and the size of the tooth so that it looks visually appealing to others. The veneers look like a natural tooth surface, so nobody will be able to tell that you have them on your teeth.
Who Can Get These Treatments?
Your dentist is going to meet with you for a consultation to determine which type of cosmetic treatment will be best for you. They'll want to make sure that they address any dental health issues before you use a cosmetic treatment to fix them. For example, discoloration may be caused by a tooth that is in need of a root canal or need a cavity filled.
Is One Treatment Faster Than The Other?
Dental bonding is a treatment that can be performed in an office by your dentist in a single day. This is because the dental bonding material is colored and shaped by your dentist, and then cured by a special light.
Dental veneers are a bit more involved, since they typically involve two trips to the dentist. The first visit involves preparing the teeth and taking a mold of the surface, which is then used to create the porcelain veneers. You'll return to the dentist at a later date to have the veneers permanently attached to your teeth.
Which Treatment Lasts Longer?
When comparing dental veneers to bonding, you'll find that dental veneers tend to last longer than using a resin bonding material. This is because the porcelain material is going to be stronger than the resin, and is less likely to chip or break. However, porcelain veneers will cost more money overall. You get what you pay for when it comes to this kind of cosmetic dentistry.