Everyone wants healthy, even, teeth. However, for many of us, we do not have a naturally perfect smile.
Teeth can be damaged from a variety of factors including early childhood medication, mechanical damage, and permanent staining. The good news is that there are various options for a smile makeover– reshaping or repairing your teeth and the damage that has been causing you embarrassment and stress.
The two most popular procedures are dental bonding and veneers. While these cosmetic procedures have similar end results, the process to get there is entirely different. Keep reading to understand more about each option and decide which is best for you.
Similarities Between Dental Bonding and Veneers
Both cosmetic dental procedures treat the same several overlapping issues. Their results may vary, depending on the person or depending on your needs. Nevertheless, they are both effective, in their own ways, in treating some common dental problems such as the following:
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Chips and cracks
- Widely-spaced teeth
- Short or eroded teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Damage to the enamel
- Narrow teeth
- Whitening-resistant discoloration
- Enamel damage due to orthodontic treatment
Differences Between Dental Bonding and Veneers
While these two treatments address similar concerns, they differ in many ways. Generally speaking, Dental Veneers are used for more extensive cosmetic dentistry such as cracks, misshapen, or chipped teeth. Alternatively, dental bonding is used as a spot repair for exposed roots or small amounts of damage.
The following categories outline further the differences between each dental procedure.
Dental bonding takes a bonding material called cosmetic resin, and bonds the material onto the surface of existing teeth. This resin is applied by a cosmetic dentist, who molds the material to your natural teeth for as natural of a look as possible. This material then needs to be cured to complete the bonding process.
Veneers, also called porcelain veneers, get their name because they are made of thin layers of porcelain. These layers are then fitted over the front of the tooth and give a uniform appearance.
The process of getting veneers is long and complicated. Veneers require each molded tooth to be fully customized, requiring your natural teeth to have the enamel filed down, molds taken, and a technician make each cap especially for you. Because of this, the process is longer and more involved– both when making the veneers and bonding them to your teeth.
Dental bonding, by comparison, is relatively simple. The resin is used and molded directly to your tooth, is cured in the same appointment, and does not require your natural teeth to be altered in any way.
Both dental bonding and porcelain veneers are durable and considered to be long-term and “permanent” procedures. This means that once the procedure is completed, you will not be able to remove the materials to reveal your natural teeth.
Because it is difficult to properly bond the resin to the existing tooth, composite bonding is prone to chipping. This can create an environment where bacteria can collect under the bonded material and result in other dental problems.
Veneers are bonded to the tooth in a much more permanent way because the process involves wearing away the existing tooth enamel. This reduces the possibility for the material to become compromised.
Between dental veneers and dental bonding, the quality of appearance largely depends on the quality of your dentist. Being able to create a natural looking tooth in either scenario requires an artistic touch; as a general rule, a “full set” (6-8 teeth) of veneers is the most natural looking option when done correctly.
The final concern for many patients is the cost of these procedures. While this is dependent on the extent of work that needs to be completed, the materials used, and even the individual office, veneers are often more expensive than composite bonding.
Porcelain veneers can cost roughly $900 per tooth on average, lasting about 15 years before needing maintenance.
Composite veneers use a different material and are cheaper, with an average price of $250 per tooth, lasting about 5 years before needing maintenance.
Finally, bonding comes in at as little as $100 per tooth. However, depending on the extent of damage, this price could jump to $600. Commonly, bonding lasts for around 10 years, but requires meticulous oral hygiene to keep the composite resin material in great condition.
Dental Bonding vs Veneers: Which is Better?
So which of the two cosmetic dental procedures is better? It depends on you personal preference, budget, and extent of dental damage.
Generally, for small dental repairs, bonding is recommended. It can be completed within a day, can be used as a spot treatment, and is an affordable option.
However, if your dental concerns are more extensive, dental veneers are the better option for a natural-looking, longer-lasting, procedure.
Speak With a Dentist
The best way to fully understand which of the two dental procedures is the right for you is by contacting a dentist. They will help select the best option for your goals after an appointment and assessment informed by years of expertise.
East Valley Dental is a family owned dental office located in Mesa Arizona. Established in the 1980s, we take great pride in having clients receive the best dental care and the best service.
If you are in Mesa, AZ, and are considering dental bonding or dental veneers, or are still not sure which procedure is best for you, contact EVDP to schedule an appointment or consultation. Find out more about dental bonding and veneers and let us help you improve your natural and health smile.