Dental Bonding Vs. Veneers: What You Should Know
Both dental bonding and veneers are great options if you’re interested in enhancing your smile with cosmetic dentistry. These treatments are similar in many ways, and both are used to improve the shape and color of your teeth. However, there are some major differences between dental bonding and veneers.
If you’re considering these procedures at Robinson Township Smiles, here are a few things to keep in mind that may make it easier to decided which treatment is better for your unique needs:
1. Bonding Costs Less Than Veneers
If you would like to restore your smile on budget, dental bonding may be a better option for you. Typically, bonding is much more affordable than porcelain veneers because the procedure is simpler, does not take as long, and does not require the services of a third-party dental lab.
Combined with other low-cost cosmetic treatments, dental bonding allows you to get a beautiful smile without breaking the bank.
2. Veneers Last Longer Than Bonding
Veneers have a longer lifespan than dental bonding, so they are a better long-term investment. Most patients will keep their veneers for at least 10-15 years, and they can last even longer with proper daily care. In contrast, the dental resin used for bonding usually lasts between 3-7 years, though it can last up to 10 years with proper care and maintenance.
3. Dental Bonding Provides Faster Results
One of the benefits of dental bonding is that it takes only a single, 30-60 minute appointment to treat each tooth, and multiple teeth can usually be treated in a single session.
In comparison, veneers usually require two appointments over a span of 2-3 weeks. First, your teeth must be prepared, and impressions must be taken and sent to a lab where your veneers will be built. Then, your completed veneers will be bonded to your teeth once they arrive at Robinson Township Smiles.
4. Veneers Are Completely Stain-Resistant, Unlike Bonding
The porcelain material used for most high-quality dental veneers is completely non-porous. This means that it cannot be stained by food, drinks, or any other common source of discoloration.
The dental resin used for bonding, on the other hand, is not completely stain-resistant. You can avoid stain buildup with proper daily cleaning, but it is possible for your bonded tooth to become discolored.
5. Dental Bonding Is Reversible, But Veneers Are Not
Veneers are permanent. During the preparation process, about 0.5mm of enamel will be removed from your teeth. This means that, if you ever have your veneers removed, your teeth will be significantly weaker.
Bonding, on the other hand, does not require your enamel to be removed. Your teeth will simply be roughened with a mild acid to prepare for the placement of the resin. This also means no drilling or numbing needles are required to prepare your tooth for bonding.
Need Help Deciding? Get In Touch With Robinson Township Smiles Now!
At Robinson Township Smiles, Dr. Ryan Rupert is an experienced cosmetic dentist. If you are having trouble deciding between veneers and dental bonding, you can come in for a cosmetic consultation at our office.
Dr. Rupert will examine your mouth, discuss your smile goals and your budget, and help you decide which treatment will give you the best results. So don’t wait. Contact us now at (412) 859-3833, or stop by our office at 66 Forest Grove Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108 to schedule a consultation in person.