Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Bonding vs. Veneers: What's Best For Me?

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you have a myriad of options and treatments that you can choose from to enhance your smile. And that can sometimes be a problem. 

While some problems require obvious solutions (you can enhance stained teeth with a whitening treatment, for example) others may not be that easy. If you chipped a tooth, for example, should you get veneers or dental bonding? What's the difference between the two, anyway? 

Here's what you need to know. 

What Is Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic dental bonding is a dental procedure that uses tooth-colored resin to cover the surface of a tooth that has minor imperfections. After the dentist applies the bonding material, they will harden it with UV light, then polish it. 

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are another type of dental cosmetic treatment that helps enhance and correct the aspect of your teeth. They are thin shells usually made out of porcelain placed on the exterior part of the tooth. They are very resistant and match natural teeth perfectly. 

Do You Need Bonding or Veneers?

The best way to determine which is best for you is to talk to your dentist after a proper evaluation. There are a few differences and similarities between bonding and veneers:

  • Bonding and veneers both have a natural look, but porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains.
  • The durability of veneers is higher than the one of bonding because of the material they are made of. Veneers last around 10-15 years while bonding can only last around 5-10 years. They can both last longer if they are well cared for. 
  • Bonding is more budget-friendly compared to veneers. 
  • If you need treatment for minor imperfections, dental bonding can be the best option for you. 
  • Bonding takes fewer visits to the dentist than dental veneers unless the dentist has the proper technology for same-day veneers. 
  • Bonding does not require any alteration of the tooth. In the case of veneers, the dentist will have to shave off a small layer of enamel to help the shells adhere to the tooth. 

Still Not Sure Which One Is Right for You? We Can Help! 

As you can see, both veneers and bonding come with advantages and disadvantages. If you're still not sure which one is right for you and think you need further clarification, the friendly dentists at Thrive Family Dental are here to help you. 

Dr. Friberg’s mission is to offer high-quality and comprehensive dental services to the residents in Porters Neck and the surrounding areas. Our services include preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry among others. 

We have a team of qualified and friendly dentists that know how to make even the most anxious patient feel relaxed. 

If you would like to meet Dr. Freiberg and Meadow, get in touch with us and schedule an appointment today. 

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