If you don’t have perfect teeth, you’re not alone; many patients wish to change at least one aspect of their teeth to achieve their dream smile. Luckily, there is a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments available to correct any concerns you have about your smile. Two of these treatments include dental veneers and dental bonding. The dentists at Comprehensive Dental Care outline the benefits of each treatment and how they can improve your smile. Contact our dentist office today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our many general and cosmetic dentistry services.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are durable, natural-looking dental appliances that correct various dental issues, including misaligned teeth; chipped, cracked, or missing teeth; discoloration; worn down teeth; and many other problems. Dental veneers are resistant to stains, stabilize the gums, restore the teeth, and complement other dental work. Veneers are custom made, so they fit snugly over your old teeth, mirroring the look of natural, smooth-looking teeth.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure used to improve the appearance of severely discolored or cracked teeth, and can sometimes close unwanted gaps. During this procedure, the tooth is prepared and a resin matching the desired shade of white right for your tooth is applied directly on top. After the resin hardens, it’s polished, trimmed, and shaped by a dentist to complete the final look.
Choosing Between Dental Veneers & Bonding
There are key differences between dental veneers and dental bonding, and your dentist will go over your options with you at your dental appointment. Contact our office if you have any questions.
- Cost. Veneers usually cost more than resin for dental bonding. However, veneers are a permanent fix to your dental problems, so you will save money in the long run. Resin is not resistant to staining, so you may need additional treatments to keep your teeth looking white.
- Appearance. Both veneers and dental bonding are made to match the color of your surrounding teeth. Veneers, however, are stain-resistant, unlike the bonding resin which may darken over time. Dental bonding is more useful for chipped or damaged teeth since it can be shaped like clay to fit your tooth.
- Durability. Dental veneers are made to be permanent, lasting between 10–25 years. While they aren’t completely damage-proof, porcelain is more durable than dental bonding resin. However, resin is the preferred choice to correct certain dental problems. Speak to our dentist to learn more about what’s right for you.
- Time. Although dental veneers last longer, the time needed to place them is more arduous than dental bonding. If you’re looking for a faster fix, resin bonding might be the better option.
If you’re interested in dental veneers or dental bonding, Dr. Andrew Martin and the team at Comprehensive Dental Care provide patient-focused care. Trust our talented team to deliver your desired results using state-of-the-art, customized cosmetic dentistry techniques. Take the first step to a smile you’ll love — contact us today to schedule a dentist appointment!