What is the Difference Between Bonding and Veneers?

If you have a chipped or fractured tooth, or perhaps some gaps, misalignment, or discoloration, you are probably wondering what your options are for addressing these concerns. You have likely heard of bonding and veneers, but what is the difference between the two? At Sanger Dental at the Basin, we offer a vast range of cosmetic dental procedures, including bonding and veneers. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about which option is right for you.

What is Bonding?

To repair or improve the appearance of a tooth, a composite plastic or resin can be applied. This procedure is known as dental bonding. It is generally used for cosmetic procedures to cover chipped teeth, though it can also be used as an alternative to fillings, close up spaces, and to fill in gaps. If you are displeased with the shape of your teeth, bonding can also be used to lengthen or alter their shape.

To carry out this procedure, your dentist will begin etching your tooth in order to roughen the surface prior to coating it in a conditioning fluid that helps improve bonding. A resin is then applied and molded to your tooth's shape, then hardened with the use of a UV light. After the material hardens, your dentist will shape and smooth it to match the rest of your teeth.

What is a Veneer?

Dental veneers are made of a thin porcelain material, making them more resistant to staining than a composite resin. Veneers are often used to fix chipped or fractured teeth and even to hide uneven or misaligned teeth. While bonding can be done in one to two hours, you will need three appointments for the consultation, making, and application of your veneers, which means the process will likely take about two to five weeks.

The veneer process will begin with an initial consultation where you will discuss the color and shape you wish to have. At your second appointment, your dentist will remove about half a centimeter of tooth enamel to add thickness to the veneer, then use a putty-like substance to obtain an impression of your teeth, which will be used for the creation of your veneers. It can take anywhere from two to four weeks to make the veneers. Your dentist will ensure they are the proper shape, color, and size. The veneers will be placed on and hardened by a UV light and, once it is hardened, any excess cement left will be removed.

What Is the Difference Between Bonding and Veneers?

Not only are dental bonding and veneers used to fix broken teeth or cavities - they can also be used to improve the general look of healthy teeth! Veneers are applied to the entire front surface of the tooth, while bonding is only applied to a small portion. Both bonding and veneers can help improve your smile by brightening your teeth and adjusting spacing. In most cases, bonding is more suitable for emergencies. For example, if you have a fractured tooth, bonding is the quickest way to get the damage repaired. It is also best for minor corrections on your teeth since the job can be accomplished in a single appointment. That said, though veneers take more time, they ensure a stronger and lasting experience, so if you are looking for a long-term fix, the stainless material of a porcelain veneer is the more preferable option.

Cosmetic Dentist in Pittsford, NY

Your smile is one of the first things a person sees, making it a key part in any first impression you make. If your teeth have fractures, chips, discoloration, gaps, or are misaligned, consider either bonding or veneers to correct these flaws. At Sanger Dental at the Basin, we offer several cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the appearance of your teeth, so there is no need to live with a smile that you are not proud of.

Call our office today at (585) 299-5495 to learn more about which option is best for your circumstances.