dental bonding and veneersDental bonding and veneers are two types of cosmetic dentistry procedures designed to improve a patient’s smile by concealing imperfections, but what’s the difference between the two? Let’s take a look at each:

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is intended for concealing minor tooth imperfections, like shortened, discolored or chipped teeth, or to help protect exposed roots from receding gums. Dental bonding uses a composite resin with the color matched to the patient’s tooth or teeth. The resin is then applied to the tooth or teeth freehand by the dentist and molded like putty.

There’s little to no tooth preparation for dental bonding, costs significantly less than veneers, and should last a patient between two and five years.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a thin, custom-made shells to encapsulate an entire tooth. They have a translucent look to them which make them nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a real tooth and are resistant to staining.

Prep work on the tooth or teeth is necessary before applying a veneer, which includes shaving off some of the natural tooth’s enamel.  (See also prepless dental veneers, or “Lumineers” which are also a possible option for some patients.) After prep work, impressions are taken and sent to a lab for veneer fabrication. The patient then would return to have each veneer placed with a strong adhesive.

Veneers last fifteen years or more but are much more costly than dental bonding.

The Bottom Line – What’s the Difference Between Dental Bonding and Veneers?

In a nutshell, while both procedures are intended to improve the look of a patient’s smile, the biggest differences will be in price, procedure process, and the longevity of the work done.

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