Do you know the difference between veneers and bonding? They may seem like the same thing, but they are two very different procedures with their own pros and cons.

Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are custom-made fixtures which are placed over the existing teeth. This requires removal of the current tooth structure so that the veneer can be placed over it. This allows the veneer to fit in place without moving any other teeth.

PROS

  • Durable: the veneers may be thin but once they bond to the existing tooth they become very strong. They can last up to 15 years if they are cared for properly and are not used for cracking or chewing objects like ice.
  • Realistic: porcelain veneers match the translucent characteristics of real teeth so they look 100% natural.
  • Stain Resistant: the porcelain material does not stain like other dental bonding material because it’s an impervious ceramic material.

CONS

  • Takes Time: porcelain veneers take two visits to complete. The initial visit is for preparation and the second is for the fitting of the veneers.
  • More Expensive: These tend to cost more because they require more time and expertise.
  • Irreparable: Once they break, they have to be replaced with a whole new porcelain veneer.

 

Bonding

Bonding, also known as Composite Resin Veneers, gives similar results but is bonded directly to the tooth, in the dentist’s office.  Just like with porcelain, bits of the initial tooth will be removed to make sure the shape and size of the bonding looks natural.

PROS

  • Quick: Usually can be done in one visit in the office.The tooth is filed down (painlessly) and the bonding material is applied directly to the tooth. The dentist chooses a resin material that is of similar color to the rest of teeth, and then uses an ultraviolet light to harden the resin.
  • Cheaper: bonding is usually less expensive than porcelain veneers because the material is cheaper and the procedure can be done more quickly.

CONS

  • Not as Durable: the resin material is not as strong as porcelain veneers and typically lasts only 5 – 10 years
  • Discolors: over time the bonding will become discolored and is often replaced because it can’t hold up cosmetically.

 

Before you decide between the two, you should always consult a doctor to find out what solution is best for your teeth and oral health. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk about options, feel free to contact us at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe .