If you’re looking for ways to improve your smile, you may be looking into getting bonding or veneers done. Although both will help you achieve the results you want, there are a few major differences between the two.
Veneers function to fill gaps in your teeth and hide crooked, misshaped or badly stained teeth. They are basically thin porcelain shells that are adhered to the front of your teeth.
One reason some people may shy away from veneers is that your teeth must first be reshaped by removing some of the enamel in order to allow space for the veneer (and to ensure it looks natural!). After your teeth have been reshaped, a molded image will be sent to a lab where your veneers will be custom made for your mouth. Finally, they are applied using adhesive to your natural teeth.
What’s great about veneers is that they are almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. They also won’t change color and they resist staining from things like coffee or wine. However, for these exact reasons, veneers can be pricey. Talk to your dentist at your next visit about veneers for a quote.
Dental bonding functions similarly to veneers in that it is meant to hide imperfections in your smile, but it is done in a very different manner. It uses a composite resin which is matched to the color of your teeth and applied freehand by your dentist.
The major pro to bonding is that it is easier, faster and much less expensive. However, coffee, tea, wine and smoking can cause heavy staining on the material used in the bonding process, especially in the days right after the procedure. It’s really best for minor imperfections – not an entire makeover.
All in all, with either choice, you should avoid chewing ice, fingernails, and anything that is very hard. Any other hygiene routine, though, should remain the same. Dental bonding should be expected to last two to five year, and veneers should last at least 15 years.
As always, you should chat with your dentist to come up with the best solution for you. Schedule an appointment today to come in and meet with one of our amazing dentists!