Dental Bonding vs Veneers: What each can do and Which is Right for You

Dental Bonding vs VeneersIf you’ve ever considered cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of your smile, there’s never been a better time. The materials and procedures Hilldale Dental uses for both dental bonding and porcelain veneers is high quality, and can provide beautiful, long-lasting results. But it is also important for you to know which option may be best for you.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is the simple procedure of applying layers of composite resin, matching your natural tooth color, over the surface of your tooth. It may not require removal or alteration of your tooth, but instead the surface is made rough to help prepare it for adhesion of the resin, which is applied in thin layers and hardened with an ultraviolet light. It is then polished to match the appearance of your other teeth. Your bonding can be expected to keep its color and shape for 10 years, but will eventually need to be restored or replaced.

Would Dental Bonding be Right for You?

If you are hoping to correct very minor problems, and in a less costly way, dental bonding may be the best option. Bonding is meant to improve, rather than conceal your natural teeth, and can fix these problems:

  • Stains or discoloration
  • Chips or cracks
  • Small gaps
  • Erosion or wear

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are meant to replace your tooth’s front layer of enamel, and are often used to conceal some underlying problem. We’ll take impressions of your teeth to customize the porcelain into the right size and shape to compliment the rest of your smile, and while your porcelain veneer is being made, a temporary one will be placed on your tooth. The permanent veneer will then be positioned and cemented on your tooth giving it a new, natural looking surface. This process is more involved, and expensive, but may last a life-time.

Would Porcelain Veneers be Right for You?

If you have similar problems to those suggested for dental bonding, or larger issues you want to conceal, veneers may be right for you. Porcelain is a higher quality material, so it will last longer, and blend with your surrounding teeth. Here are some of the problems porcelain veneers can solve:

  • Stains or discoloration
  • Chips or cracks
  • Large gaps
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overlapped teeth

Both procedures can create the smile of your dreams, today. But you’ll still need to do your part by avoiding foods or drinks that can stain your teeth, and brushing at least twice a day.