Sometimes dental patients can be in need of cosmetic procedures to correct imperfections in their teeth. Tooth gaps, stains, and chipped teeth can slowly erode someone’s confidence and affect how they feel about social gatherings. Cosmetic procedures like dental bonding and veneers can restore the structure to chipped teeth, close gaps, and cover stains to beautify a patient’s smile.
Both dental bonding and veneers can help your teeth look better, but which procedure is right for you? Here is a brief overview of the differences between the two procedures.
Dental Bonding VS. Veneers
Dental Bonding: For Minor Chips and Gaps
Dental bonding is ideal for small problems that shouldn’t require a large investment to fix. The procedure uses a composite resin that is bonded directly to your teeth. It is then formed into the desired shape, left to solidify, then is filed down to perfection. The resin will match the color of your teeth so no one will be the wiser that you had any work done.
Many patients have minor imperfections like a small gap between their front two teeth. Instead of getting costly braces to fix this problem, scheduling a quick dental bonding procedure can close the gap without having to get braces. Dental bonding can also help with chips, misshapen teeth, and even help cover sensitive tooth roots that are exposed from receding gums.
Though dental bonding is affordable, there is a trade-off. Since the resin is matched to the current shade of your teeth, you can’t get whitening treatments because the mismatch in color shades will show between your natural teeth and the dental bonding. Another disadvantage is that it is not as durable as veneers, being more likely to require periodic touch-ups.
Veneers: For the Big Jobs
If your teeth are severely discolored or have more major imperfections, then you should ask your dentist about veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain coatings that are applied to your teeth that look just like natural teeth. They also are difficult to stain and can last for decades when cared for properly. They can also help crooked, overlapping, eroding, and chipped teeth- concealing all these imperfections and making your teeth look like new again.
Though veneers are more expensive than dental bonding, they are stronger, making them less likely to need repairs over the years. The one drawback to veneers is that some procedures require your enamel to be removed in order for the veneers to be mounted properly. This makes veneers a permanent and irreversible procedure.
Which procedure is right for you?
When faced with cosmetic dental needs, patients often wonder if their problems require veneers or the more affordable option, dental bonding. Both procedures have their pros and cons and situations where they are ideal. If you have any other questions about what is right for your teeth, contact us.