What is the difference between Bonding and Veneers?

Dental bonding and dental veneers are two different ways to accomplish the goal of changing the visual appearance of teeth. Bonding is accomplished with the direct placement of a tooth colored composite resin material onto the tooth.  Bonding is great in an emergency situation of a fractured tooth, or for minor corrections of teeth shapes, contour, or spacing. However, bonding usually isn’t used to make over an entire smile. It is intended for minor imperfections and repairs such as chips and small breaks, or uneven spacing between teeth. Unlike veneers, bonding can and will stain over time, and will need to be replaced more often than veneers because they do not hold up as well cosmetically.

Veneers are porcelain facings that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth. They are hand made and designed specifically for you. Color, shape, contour, length can all be controlled to your desires, and can truly transform your smile. It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between well made veneers and natural teeth.  Ideally, 8-10 veneers are done to completely enhance your look.

Veneers are also a much longer lasting, more stable way to beautify a smile as they do not change color and are made from a more robust porcelain.  Bonding, while effective in the short term, tends to not last as long and can stain over time. Often, people may chose bonding over veneers because bonding can be more financially affordable, but due to their need to be more often replaced, this initial price savings may end up costing you more in the long term.

It is always a good idea to discuss the differences between veneers and bonding with your dentist, and together, come up with an ideal treatment plan for you that addresses your goals and concerns. We are always here to help, and are happy to answer any of your questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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