Learn about the differences between veneers and bonding.
It’s no secret that suffering damage to your teeth can be stressful and often embarrassing. Whether you’ve experienced a chipped tooth, or are simply thinking of giving your teeth a makeover, we understand wanting to find the perfect dental solution.
You may have heard of cosmetic dental procedures such as bonding, and porcelain veneers, amongst a wealth of other dental procedures, and it can be difficult to know where to start. We get that!
At Reconstructive Dentistry, we value education as much as we value customer service, so we want you to have all the information you need when you take that first step.
What is the Difference between Veneers and Bonding?
Simply put, a porcelain veneer is a thin layer of porcelain placed on the front surface of the teeth. Veneers serve a number of purposes for teeth, covering up gaps, hiding misaligned teeth, or masking stains.
The thickness of a veneer has to be accounted for when preparing one’s teeth, so in many cases, a dentist will remove a certain amount of enamel to compensate for the added thickness of a veneer. A mold is then made of the patient’s teeth and sent to a lab where the porcelain veneer is created and sent back to the dentist.
Bonding, on the other hand, involves the strategic use of a composite resin to mask any flaws in a patient’s teeth. Where veneers are generally made in a single piece to fit over a row of teeth, bonding involves creating a resin that matches the color of the teeth and is generally applied by hand.
Bonding allows for dentists to target specific flaws in a given set of teeth and requires less time to prepare and apply than a veneer.
Pros and Cons of Veneers and Bonding
Pros and Cons of Bonding:
A significant benefit to bonding as a cosmetic dental procedure lies in how little time and expense it requires, compared to applying veneers. Dentists can spend more time making sure the bonding fits your teeth, and get you the specific care you need for your teeth.
That said, bonding still poses a few issues. First, the composite material used in bonding can still be stained by things like coffee and tea, especially in the few days after the material is applied. Additionally, bonding is a limited procedure; the composite material is ideal for targeting specific flaws, not entire rows of teeth.
Pros and Cons of Veneers:
Veneers can be uniquely tailored to each patient’s individual dental needs – pretty ideal for a cosmetic dental procedure! Moreover, making veneers from porcelain results in a product that is virtually indistinguishable from normal teeth, helping the veneer look natural and real.
Their benefits come at a cost, though, as veneers are expensive, and depending on the dentist or prosthodontist you visit, the price may be even higher.
A Reliable Dental Care Provider
Knowing who to go to is key – Reconstructive Dentistry is home to a team of dentists, hygienists, and prosthodontists who care about helping you realize your personal dental health goals. For more information on whether bonding or veneers will be right for you, contact Reconstructive Dentistry today at 212-753-7000.
We look forward to hearing from you!