Off the bat, veneers and bonding are two different ways to achieving the best smile ever, but is there a difference you need to know about?
There are no completely perfect teeth in nature, people just have teeth that fit their mouth, but if you have a defect that actually affects the way your teeth are aligned, shaped or appear; and then you have not one, but two beautiful options to choose from to get the best smile any day and time.
Veneers and dental bonding are both cosmetic procedures to restore and improve your confidence, but the methods are different.
The difference between Veneer and Dental Bonding
Veneers are the closest cosmetic dental surgery you can have to natural looking teeth. They are usually protective material manufactured in the laboratory of certified dentist or endodontist that are used to cover the front teeth to give you the best smile. Veneers are made from porcelain material because and are durable, finer and don’t stain easily unlike composites that are brittle and liable to break quickly.
The procedure for veneer involves two or more visits to the dentist, the first is to check your teeth and know which one needs the veneer and then make them accordingly. The second visit is to fix the veneer by scaling back on the size of the tooth and attaching them to each tooth individually. This allows the dentist to perfect your teeth and gives you a balanced and more natural looking smile.
Advantages of Veneer
- They are durable and most natural looking artificial teeth
- Veneers don’t stain easily
- It is scratch resistant
- Great option to bridging tooth gaps, twisted teeth, and discolored teeth.
- Veneers are the most effective surgical procedure for correcting misaligned tooth arrangement
- When performed properly will last 10 to 25 years
Disadvantages of Veneers
- The procedure is not reversible once performed
- It is also an invasive procedure
- The tooth enamel has to be scaled back before veneers are fixed which can increase sensitivity at first
- Veneers are expensive and not for everyone
- It takes about 2 to 5 weeks for a process to be complete
This is the opposite of veneer in all aspects except for the fact that dental bonding is shaped and hardened in your mouth. While the process is swift and immediate, bonding is a temporary solution for fixing teeth problems. Furthermore, dental bonding can be used to make any repairs as the process is non-invasive and takes about an hour to get you smiling like a movie star.
The procedure for dental bonding
With dental bonding, you don’t have to book an appointment with your dentist or an endodontist before the process. Due to the non-invasive nature of the procedure, your regular dentist can perform a bonding on your teeth in under an hour.
The dentist applies a chemical to roughen the surface of the teeth and then places the composite resin over each tooth, smoothens and shapes it until it forms the right shape and size., the dentist smoothen the resin to remove the excess, dries it then polished it to give the final shiny look.
The advantages of dental bonding
- It is affordable compared to veneer
- It is a non-invasive procedure
- It doesn’t take any time – a complete procedure can be done under an hour
- It is a good cosmetic method for fixing minor teeth problems
- It needs consistent check because they are very brittle
- Dental bonding is great for emergency fixes
The disadvantages of dental bonding are
- Dental bonding is not durable
- It is very brittle and breaks easily
- It is good for minor fixes and not major complication like a fracture in the tooth
- Dental floss are not as durable as veneers
What is right for me?
Whether you intend to go for dental bonding or veneers depends on your oral hygiene and the health conditions of your teeth. However, it is paramount to understand that any cosmetic procedure depends on the patients, their ability to pay their doctor’s fee, and the best procedure for them. All smiles are perfect, but no two smiles are equal, so choose what is best for you.
Although veneers are a good way to get that permanent smile, if you are undergoing the procedure to make minor repairs, dental bonding is the way to go. Alternatively, if you are looking for some permanent transformation to your teeth and smile, veneers are definitely the right part to follow.
Aftercare for Veneers and Dental Bonding
When you are done with either procedure, it is recommended to continue your normal oral hygiene to keep them looking bright and shining. This includes brushing twice daily, flossing, and regular checks at the dentist especially if you underwent a dental bonding procedure. You must also ensure that you don’t do any hard biting with your new teeth as they are not as durable as the natural one. Veneers don’t stain or scratch easily, but dental bonding is different and so you should be careful as it can break or chip off without notice. When such happens, please see your dentist have it fixed.
Dental bonding and veneer (porcelain or any type) are both ways to achieve that perfect smile. As we have read in the article above, dental bonding is a simple and faster non-invasive procedure, unlike veneers. While veneer may be a long process, they are durable, sturdy and made for your teeth.
For more information on the procedure that suits you better, it is better to seek and speak to a professional with extensive knowledge of the process and how to deliver excellence for you alone. If you are still unsure which option is best, the internet is full of facilities and dentists that have a before and after picture for each procedure. However, we do recommend that you visit a facility where you can speak to the dentist or endodontist on a personal note that is able to make a comprehensive assessment on your oral hygiene and choose which option fits you.