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Teeth Bonding vs. Veneers in Cosmetic Dentistry

Your mouth is an important part of your daily life, whether you are eating lunch, chatting to a colleague, or kissing your loved ones. If you have a chipped tooth from a stale cookie or stained teeth from all the necessary morning coffee, cosmetic dentistry can mend that busy, beautiful grin back to brilliance. Have you ever considered dental veneers or bonding with your cosmetic dentist? Being two of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, veneers and bonding can give you that esthetically pleasing smile that you have always wanted.

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are prosthetics that bond to the enamel of the teeth. These ceramic pieces are great for smile improvement because they are durable and look natural. Veneers are custom made and fit to the front of the teeth, as well as colored to match the patient’s teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will ensure your veneers are styled and crafted to look like natural teeth in order to cover up a variety of cosmetic imperfections.

Because they are made and customized in a dental lab, it takes about two visits to actually have the veneers bonded to the teeth. More shaping and adjusting is often necessary to ensure a comfortable fit once the veneers are crafted. They vary in cost between $800 and $2,500 per tooth. Thankfully, these dental veneers can last 10 to 15 years… sometimes even more!

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure used in restoring chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can also fill in gaps and reshape teeth. The teeth have minimal prep time prior to the procedure. Shaping and sculpting is done directly to the tooth-colored plastic resin, which is placed directly on the tooth.

Often, only one dental visit is necessary for bonding. The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes. In some cases, having multiple teeth done may account for more than one visit. The cost per tooth of dental bonding is anywhere from $100 to $600.

The Similarities

The purpose of both dental veneers and bonding is to correct imperfections. Because most imperfections are thought of as an esthetic issue, when any cosmetic dentistry is performed to the front of your teeth, it is recommended to get a night guard. This helps to protect your beautiful smile and increase its longevity.

If not properly cared for, both veneers and bonding may chip or crack. Do not attempt to chew on ice or any hard substances. In addition, similar to real teeth, dental veneers and bonding can also become stained from the foods that you eat and any colored drinks that you may consume. (Because bonding is less resilient, it stains more quickly and may also break more easily than veneers)

We want you to be confident and love to show off your radiant smile. If you have esthetic issues or dislikes that you want to correct, we have a service for you. Cosmetic dentistry for adults can give you that confidence boost and make your smile one to build a future on. Please feel free to call us for a consultation or request an appointment online with us today.