When you’re considering cosmetic improvements to your smile, there are several options available, but the most popular and common treatments are bonding or veneers. Bonding and veneers both have the ability to change and improve the appearance of your smile in just a few visits, but there are differences between them that you must consider before proceeding.
For dental bonding, the dentist applies a tooth-colored resin to individual teeth that matches the color of surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. Bonding can lengthen teeth, repair chips or cracks, brighten discolored teeth, correct imperfections, and cover and protect exposed tooth roots. A dentist can complete a bonding procedure in a single visit, which is a great convenience. A drawback of bonding is that treated teeth don’t have the same translucency and light reflective properties as natural teeth, but when compared to veneers, they’re the more affordable option.
For porcelain veneers, the dentist places thin porcelain shells on top of the tooth or teeth and placement usually takes two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist removes enough tooth enamel to fit the veneer precisely and at the second visit 2-3 weeks later, the dentist places the veneers designed by the lab specifically for your mouth. When you leave after the first visit, the dentist provides temporary attachments that give the appearance of natural teeth and then removes them at the second visit for placement of the final veneers. The dentist applies the veneers with a strong dental adhesive and checks your bite to make sure everything has proper alignment. Veneers reflect light like natural teeth, have natural luminosity and often have greater durability than bonding, but they do cost more than bonding.
Special care of bonding and veneers
Veneers and bonding both require special care because they’re not as strong and durable as natural teeth. Dentists advise against chewing on hard objects like pens or ice because this can cause chips or displacement. With proper care, including regular oral hygiene and dental visits, bonding and veneers can last for many years.
Some of the biggest benefits of bonding, veneers and other forms of cosmetic dentistry include improved self-confidence, enhanced appearance and the increased willingness to smile. These benefits make the investment worthwhile for many patients.
When you’re considering dental bonding or porcelain veneers, contact Creative Dental for a professional consultation that brings you one step closer to your dream of a healthy, beautiful smile.