Bonding teeth is a process in which a tooth-colored resin is applied to the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. Bonding can be used to repair chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. It can also be used to close gaps between teeth or to make teeth appear longer.
The resin used in bonding is a plastic material that can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Bonding is usually done in one visit to the dentist. The length of the procedure will depend on the number of teeth that are being treated.
Bonding usually lasts for several years before it needs to be touched up or replaced. It is not as strong as other types of dental restoration, such as crowns or veneers. Bonding can also stain easily and is not resistant to wear.
A veneer is a thin layer of material that is placed over a tooth, in order to improve its appearance.
Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin, and are typically used to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, or misshapen. They are also sometimes used to close small gaps between teeth.
Veneers are generally considered to be a cosmetic procedure, and are not usually covered by insurance.
Veneers typically last for several years, but they may need to be replaced or repaired over time. It is important to take good care of your teeth, even if you have veneers, in order to prevent damage to the underlying teeth.
Bonding Teeth Versus Veneers
A common question that patients ask about whether bonding or veneers is the better option to improve the appearance of their teeth. The answer to this question depends on each patient’s individual circumstances.
Both bonding and veneers are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by dental insurance. The cost of bonding and veneers will vary depending on the severity of the problem being corrected and the dentist performing the procedure.
If you are considering bonding or veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth, schedule a consultation with a dentist to discuss which option is right for you.