On the surface, tooth bonding and veneers may seem quite similar. And while they do the same thing by covering up cosmetic flaws in your smile, they are actually very different procedures, and both have their own pros and cons. So how can you choose which one is right for you? In this blog from Innova Family Dental, we’ll help you learn more about each treatment.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is a method of cosmetic dentistry that involves using dental resin to reshape the teeth and correct flaws like gaps in your smile, crooked teeth, stained teeth, and more. In this procedure, your dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin directly to your tooth, then sculpt and reshape it to correct the appearance of the tooth.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are designed to fit perfectly over your teeth after they have been trimmed. They cover up the front surfaces of your teeth, completely restoring your smile. Veneers are very durable, versatile, and long-lasting, making them a very popular way to correct cosmetic flaws with your smile.
What Are The Deciding Factors?
Wondering what factors you should keep in mind when choosing between these treatments? Here are a few considerations.
- Your budget – Bonding is much cheaper than veneers, so it’s a better choice if you would like to correct your smile, but you are on a tight budget.
- Durability – Bonding may be inexpensive, but bonded teeth are not as strong or durable as teeth that have been treated with veneers.
- Speed of treatment – Bonding is much faster than veneers. You can usually have multiple teeth bonded in a single appointment. Getting veneers, in contrast, takes 2-3 weeks and at least 2 appointments.
- Treatment lifespan – Bonded teeth usually last between 5-10 years, while veneers can last up to 10-20 years with proper care. This is because the resin used in dental bonding is not as strong as the porcelain used to create veneers.
- Reversibility of treatment – Veneers require you to have a layer of your natural enamel permanently removed during the treatment process, so they are not reversible. You will need to have veneers for the rest of your life. In contrast, bonding does not require the removal of natural enamel, so it’s reversible and is a less invasive treatment.
How Do I Decide Which Is Right For Me? Contact Us For An Appointment!
If you’re still not sure about which cosmetic dental treatment is right for your needs, the team at Innova Family Dental is here to help. Dr. Kalpana Kandimalla is an expert in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Kandimalla can explain both veneers and dental bonding in more detail, and help you determine which treatment is right for restoring your smile. Call us today to schedule an appointment at our Bolingbrook dentist office.