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Veneers vs. Direct Bonding: Which One Should You Choose?

June 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — texastoothlady @ 7:46 pm
Dentist discussing the difference between veneers and bonding with a patient

When it comes to your smile, it’s important to take the time to recognize which cosmetic treatment will best suit your needs. Of course, you shouldn’t have to figure this out entirely on your own. Cosmetic dentists are more than happy to help break down the treatments they offer so you can make an informed decision. In the meantime, consider learning about the difference between veneers and bonding ahead of your next cosmetic consultation!

What are Veneers and Bonding?

Dental veneers are ultra-thin sheaths of dental ceramic (typically porcelain) that are meant to be bonded to teeth directly. They are highly customized to match not just the color of neighboring teeth, but their size and shape as well. This ensures they look as natural as possible once placed.

Alternatively, dental bonding (also known as cosmetic or direct bonding) is similar to the process done with tooth-colored fillings. Instead of creating a dedicated restoration like veneers to place onto teeth, bonding involves color-matching, molding, shaping, and curing composite resin to teeth to hide imperfections.

While both solutions can work to resolve chips, cracks, gaps, and other issues in teeth, they are fundamentally different in a number of ways.

The Most Notable Differences to Keep in Mind

  • The Type of Concern – When imperfections are more substantial or you have multiple issues that may not be as easy to fix with bonding, veneers can prove to be a better option.
  • Preparation of Teeth – Traditional veneers do require the removal of existing enamel just so they can sit flush, which may not be something you’d want if the idea of removing healthy enamel is not appealing to you. Bonding often requires no removal of enamel, making them a better solution.
  • Material Utilized – While composite resin has only gotten more natural-looking over the years, the qualities of dental ceramic are hard to beat. Not only does the material used for veneers last longer than composite resin, but they are more durable. They are also more stain-resistant compared to bonding material (and even natural enamel)!
  • Longevity – If you don’t want to have to worry about frequent touch-ups for your smile, veneers may be a more ideal option. This is because they are known for having a longer lifespan on average compared to bonding material.
  • Cost of Treatment – When you don’t want to break the bank to resolve smile imperfections and want to get touch-ups done as soon as possible, bonding is a more affordable option.

While these differences may help you better set expectations for cosmetic treatment, it’s always best to talk them over with an expert on the subject before making a final decision. Get in touch with a dentist today and learn how you can transform your smile!

About the Author

Dr. Alani not only provides veneers, Lumineers, and dental bonding cosmetic services, but she has been voted one of Houston’s top dentists for her cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers. Her expertise ensures you can leave her office feeling confident about your new smile, no matter how imperfect you may believe it to be. To schedule a consultation with her practice, you can contact her through her website.

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