Bonding Vs. Veneers

Are you ready to do something about the appearance of your smile? If you are considering cosmetic dentistry to improve the look of your front teeth, you are likely faced with two popular options, veneers and bonding. Both of these cosmetic dental treatments are used to instantly transform your smile. However, dental bonding and porcelain veneers involve two very different types of treatments. Your dentist is the best source to help you determine which cosmetic dental procedure you are the best candidate for. The size and type of your dental imperfections can be the most influential factors in deciding between the two. Here is a breakdown of what each of these cosmetic dental services involve as well as what they work best for.

Composite Bonding
Bonding is a simple and relatively inexpensive treatment that uses a composite, tooth-colored resin material. The resin is applied directly over the teeth in layers, and does not require alteration to your existing teeth. The main reason to go with bonding would be if you had only a small area that you wanted to correct. Bonding material is strong, but may need to be replaced after 10 years. When used over large areas, this treatment choice may be noticeable. However, if you are unhappy with a minor smile imperfection, dental bonding may be your best solution. It is commonly used for:

  • Discoloration
  • Gaps
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Erosion
Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are used often in full smile makeovers. They involve replacing the entire front surface of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are very strong, translucent and stain resistant as well as customized to match your tooth shape and tooth shade.
They work best in correcting large or multiple dental problems such as:

  • Stains and discoloration
  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Erosion
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overlapped teeth

The advancements in cosmetic dentistry today make it possible for virtually everyone to get the smile of their dreams! The dentists of Group Health Dental can help you choose between bonding and veneers based on your personal goals and specific dental issues. The good news is that both of these cosmetic dental procedures instantly improve the appearance of your smile without changing its natural function.

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