Bonding Vs. Veneers: What’s The Best Choice?

If you’ve been exploring cosmetic dental procedures, you’ve probably heard of two very popular products: veneers and dental bonding. Both of these methods are used to create great new smiles and can do it fast, but there are several differences about them that might influence your choice of which method you want to perfect your smile with!

The Same

Both veneers and dental bonding have the same basic purpose: cover up flaws in your natural teeth to get you a straighter, brighter, more perfect smile. These treatments are both an excellent way to cover a variety of cosmetic problems, such as:

  • chips
  • cracks
  • thin/ruined enamel
  • ground-down teeth
  • oddly shaped teeth
  • gaps between teeth
  • extreme stains

When it comes to similarities, that’s pretty much where it ends: veneers and dental bonding are very different systems that use different materials and methods. Which one you choose is all about the kind of results you want!

Dental Bonding: Great Smiles Fast!

A lot of people say that dental bonding was made obsolete by modern veneers, but that’s hardly the case! There are plenty of times when bonding is a far better choice! Bonding is also the much more affordable of the two options, making it great for patients on a tighter budget.

Bonding is done using a putty-like resin material that is applied directly to your teeth. It can be matched to the unique color of your teeth so that your bonds will look completely lifelike! Bonding is an ideal solution for patients who want to get a great new set of teeth in one day – you can get a completely new smile in just a couple hours at our office!

The process involves just a small amount of enamel removal, which is roughened up to help bonds form a tight, permanent attachment to your teeth. Once we form your teeth to the perfect shape we use an ultraviolet light to accelerate the drying process – you’ll be done in record time!

With proper care your dental bonds can last for years, but there is generally a limit of 15 years of life in them before they need to be replaced. Dental resin can still stain as well, so depending on your dietary habits they may not last as long!

Porcelain Veneers: Premium Cosmetic Solutions

If you’re not happy with your you can suffer from an extreme loss of self-confidence, and your smile is a very important part of how people perceive you! Making sure that your teeth look perfect might be something you constantly think about, and if so you can’t go wrong with veneers!

Again, veneers do pretty much the same thing as dental bonds, but are a bit more of a premium solution – they last longer, look better, and will really amaze you! If you’re worried about your veneers looking fake, don’t be! Today’s veneers look so lifelike it’s nearly impossible to tell they aren’t!

One of the drawbacks to veneers is that they do take a little more time to make – we don’t build your veneers right on your teeth and partner with a dental lab where they custom build them from high-grade dental porcelain. Don’t be worried about the wait, though – the results are worth it!

At your first appointment we’ll remove a thin layer of enamel – just enough to create a surface that will be perfect for your veneers. Once you’re prepped we’ll take an impression of your teeth and attach some temporary veneers to protect your teeth for the couple of weeks it takes for us to receive your final set from the lab. The result of your second appointment will be a beautiful new set of lifelike cosmetic veneers that will leave you with the smile of your dreams!

Veneers do need the removal of a bit more enamel than dental bonds, which makes them a bit more permanent as well – you’ll always have to have something there to protect your teeth! They are, however, stronger, less prone to staining, and can be made to look more real, so there are still plenty of advantages!

No matter which cosmetic option sounds like your ideal way to get a new grin, Precise Dental of Houston can make it a reality! We pride ourselves on our ability to craft the exact thing you want, and we look forward to being able to really make you smile! Call us today at 713-812-1712 or schedule an appointment using our online form. We’ll see you soon!