Understanding the Difference Between Dental Bonding and Veneers

Understanding the Difference Between Dental Bonding and Veneers

Your teeth are one of the first traits people notice about you — so you want them to be healthy and perfect. However, most of us weren’t born with the perfect set of teeth. From discoloration to chips or cracks, there’s a lot that can happen to your teeth. Luckily, procedures like dental bonding and veneers can help you get the smile you’ve been hoping for.

At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, our team offers many procedures to get your teeth up to par with your expectations. Our expert in general dentistry, Dr. Gabriel Polo, has a lot of experience in dentistry, treating patients of all ages and diverse dental issues.

What are veneers?

Veneers are a way to permanently change the look of your teeth. They’re thin, wafer-like shells that are permanently cemented to the front of your teeth. 

Veneers are usually made from materials like resin composite or porcelain. There are both no-prep and regular veneers, which often take several appointments to complete.

Veneers help you when your teeth have imperfections, such as a chip or discoloration. They can also be used for teeth that are shorter than other teeth and broken teeth. Veneers are able to give you a whiter smile as well.

You can get veneers on just one tooth or several teeth. Many times the top several teeth that are visible in your smile are covered with veneers for a beautiful, uniform look. They generally last for 10 years or more, making them a good choice for changing your smile for the better.

Understanding dental bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure that’s also used to fix imperfections in your teeth. To do this, Dr. Polo uses a resin material that’s made to match your tooth color. The resin is then bonded to your tooth to fix imperfections.

When you have teeth that aren’t perfect, dental bonding can definitely help. There are a number of reasons you can use dental bonding, including to:

Dental bonding is also used when your gums recede and expose a tiny part of your root. The bonding material is placed over your exposed root to protect it from infection and heat and cold.

The bonding material only lasts for so long — between 3-10 years is typical for dental bonding before you’ll need to get it touched up.

How do the two procedures differ?

When you’re looking at both veneers and dental bonding, they may seem slightly similar; however, that’s not the case. Although they’re both used to fix imperfections in your teeth, they have several differences as well.

Veneers are much stronger and last longer than dental bonding. Veneers are a more permanent fix to your teeth, meaning they need to be strong. Porcelain and composite resin are extremely durable, making them ideal to repair your teeth. Dental bonding can actually chip or break, and may not last as long.

Dental bonding isn’t stain resistant, where veneers are mostly stain resistant. If you’re trying to cover up discolored teeth, veneers would be the better choice, as they keep their color over the years.

When it comes to preserving your enamel, dental bonding wins over veneers. For veneers to be bonded to your teeth, the enamel needs to be ground down to give them a surface to stick to. Dental bonding preserves the most amount of your tooth enamel.

Dental bonding can usually be done in one appointment, because it doesn’t require the help of an outside lab. Veneers, on the other hand, take several appointments, as they’re made in a separate facility.

The choice of dental bonding or veneers is really up to you. Dr. Polo helps you determine which type of treatment would be best for the problem you’re trying to address.

Our team is ready to help you decide if dental bonding or veneers are right for you. To make an appointment with Dr. Polo, don’t hesitate to call our office or request an appointment online today to discuss your options.

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