What’s the Difference Between Dental Veneers and Bonding?

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Dental veneers and dental bonding are cosmetic dentistry procedures that can correct imperfections in your smile. However, that’s essentially where the similarities end between these two dental treatments. Read on to learn about key differences between dental veneers and dental bonding.

Type of Smile Imperfections You Want to Fix

The biggest difference between veneers and bonds is their effectiveness at correcting various imperfections. If you have numerous gaps, misshapen teeth, and stained teeth, veneers are likely the best option for you. Veneers result in an entirely new smile and cover-up myriad issues.  

Dental bonds are best suited for minimal imperfections.  For example, bonds eliminate the appearance of uneven or misshapen teeth. They won’t cover stains, and the resin used for the bond will match your natural teeth, so they won’t whiten your teeth. Dental bonds can be used to close small gaps, but won’t work to fill large gaps. Dental bonds are very effective in helping with small chips, tiny gaps, and jagged, or otherwise uneven teeth. 

Durability

When it comes to durability, veneers come out on top. Depending upon the type of material you choose for your veneers, they can last up to 30 years, if you practice excellent oral hygiene. By contrast, dental bonds typically need to be replaced after a few years. Some bonds may last longer.

Cost

Dental bonding is far more affordable in the short term than veneers. Dental bonding, particularly if it is only needed for a couple of teeth will cost a fraction of the cost of veneers. But, you’ll need to pay to have the bond replaced every few years.  

Procedure

Dental bonds and dental veneers are very different procedures. Dental bonding is generally done in a single visit. During the procedure, the tooth or teeth that will be bonded are etched to make their surface rough. Special solutions are applied, and then a composite resin is laid over your tooth. Once the resin sets, your dentist will sculpt and shape the bond to cover chips, shape the tooth properly, and give it a natural finish. No preparation is required, and the entire process is completely painless.  

Porcelain veneers are a much more involved cosmetic dentistry treatment. You will have to have a portion of your natural teeth removed to have your custom veneers created for you. You will be given temporary veneers to wear while awaiting your permanent veneers. You’ll need to make several visits to the dentist to complete your treatment.

Other veneers may be available and suitable for you. These are known as “no-prep” veneers and don’t require much structural damage to your natural teeth to give you a more even, straight, white smile. Ask your dentist if these types of veneers are suitable for you.  

Which Treatment is Best for Me?

Deciding between dental bonding and veneers is a decision you should make with your dentist. If you only have minor imperfections, dental bonding will be a much more affordable means to attaining a beautiful smile.  

However, if you’re looking for a complete smile makeover, and you’re willing to invest the time and money needed to achieve a flawless smile, then veneers are likely a good option for you. Keep in mind, however, that if you choose veneers you are making a permanent decision. You will need veneers for the rest of your life, as your natural teeth will be reshaped to be fitted with the veneers. However, veneers are far more durable, so they may last your entire life.  Dental bonds will need to be repaired every few years. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist all questions you have, to help make the best decision for you. 

Dental Bonding & Dental Veneers in Atlanta

If you want to learn more about which type of cosmetic dentistry is best to correct imperfections in your smile, contact us today.  At Oak Road Dentistry, Dr. Patrick French and Dr. Clancy Poore are happy to meet with you to discuss your goals and design a dental solution that exceeds your expectations.  Contact us today by calling 770-985-9559 .