Veneers and dental bonding are both excellent options for addressing a wide range of cosmetic concerns. Each treatment has its own costs and benefits. In this post, Dr. Jason Keefe of 5 Mile Smiles discusses how to decide whether veneers or bonding is right for you.
Dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin to the surface of your teeth. Bonding can be used to treat any of the following issues:
- Small chips or cracks
- Small gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
The results of your treatment will be immediately visible. Bonding can be a standalone treatment or may be used in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments. It’s a quick and effective way to fix many cosmetic dental issues.
Veneers are thin shells placed on the front of your teeth. Veneers may be made of different materials, but porcelain is often used because if its natural appearance and durability.
Veneers can be used to treat many of the same issues as bonding. However, veneers may be more appropriate for cosmetic issues that bonding alone won’t resolve. Depending on your situation, you may need more than one appointment to complete your treatment.
Making the Choice
So which option is better for you? Dental bonding may be a better choice if you’re looking for the following benefits:
- Speed. Dental bonding can be performed in a single visit.
- Affordability. Dental bonding is generally available at a lower cost than veneers.
- Minimal invasiveness. Unlike veneers, bonding does not require the removal of any of your tooth enamel.
On the other hand, veneers offer the following benefits:
- Durability. Veneers can last a long time if properly cared for. This may make up for some of the cost difference when compared to dental bonding.
- Appearance. Both options can give you a great smile, but veneers will resist staining, while bonding won’t.
- Resolving serious cosmetic issues. Veneers may be the only option for issues that bonding can’t totally address.
You may also be a good candidate for a comprehensive smile makeover. This multi-step treatment is customized to meet your needs and is performed over the course of multiple appointments.
The best way to figure out which treatment is best for you is to meet with a cosmetic dentist for an in-person consultation. You can explain the exact things you want to change about your smile and receive a personalized recommendation.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Keefe to discuss the pros and cons of veneers and dental bonding. Please call or email us today to schedule your next appointment.