Tooth Bonding vs. Veneers

by maria | Last Updated: December 28, 2020

Everyone wants to have a perfect smile but feels less confident to smile openly and freely due ugly looking chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, stained, or discolored teeth. Fortunately, you can get rid of all these issues and have your dream smile through advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental bonding and veneers. Your dentist might suggest either of the treatments depending on suitability, but you should be aware of the pros and cons of both the options to get the best that suits your purpose at minimum cost. It is all about opting for treatment that’s right for you.

Difference Between Dental Bonding and Veneers 

Both dental veneers and crowns are exceptional in improving both look and function of your teeth. Dental restoration treatments, whether bonding or veneers, are costly so you should enquire about the suitability of treatment as veneers cover only the front of the tooth, and bonding is applied to a portion of the tooth.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a painless dental restoration procedure of minor tooth repair using tooth-color material, mostly composite resin. Your dentist will first prepare your tooth and then apply a resin layer on top of the affected area. Once the resin hardens, it is then shaped and polished to get the desired look. This procedure is mostly used for minor imperfection, so it is not made to last forever. Depending on your oral care, dental bonding could last for 3 to 10 years. You can get several teeth bonded in a single visit to the dentist.  

Bonding Procedure 

Advantages of Dental Bonding 

Disadvantages of Dental Bonding 

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers are custom-designed think shells of porcelain or composite material placed on teeth to enhance appearance. It is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. Depending on your goal, veneers could be highly effective in covering the injured tooth, hide discoloration, and give you an electric white smile. As compared to composite resin, porcelain veneers are stronger and do not fade or stain. Porcelain veneers normally require two visits, whereas composite resin veneers can be done in one session. If you are not comfortable with invasive procedures, dental veneers could be a great option as the procedure is least invasive and painless. If done accurately, it could last a lifetime.  

How Veneers Are Done? 

Benefits of Dental Veneers 

Disadvantages of Dental Veneers 

Which One is Right for Me?

Both dental veneers and bonding are great cosmetic improvement treatments. However, the effectiveness of the treatment depends on the suitability of the treatment for you. Your dentist will examine your issue and suggest the best possible solution to help you get a perfect smile. If appearance is your priority, then porcelain veneers could be a better choice, whereas chipped tooth bonding could be a better and affordable option. On durability and maintenance parameters, you have to follow instructions to get the desired results.

Maria Giovanisci is an enterprising dentist from London. Maria graduated from the University of Murcia and began her professional career in her own dental clinic before, she decided to embark on a joint project with her two colleagues. Aside from contributing on this blog, she also works in the public health sector at the new Torrevieja Hospital.

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