Veneers vs Bonding: What's the Difference?

If you are not happy with the appearance of your smile, the good news is that there is probably a solution for you. But with so many options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Bluffton, it can be hard to determine what's best for you. 

Well, if that's the case, then you can rest assured that the specialists at Buckwalter Dental Care will help you choose the right course of treatment for your case. 

But what if you have to choose between dental bonding and veneers and are not sure what the difference between them is? 

If that's the case, then this article should come in handy. 

Basic Principles

Both dental bonding and porcelain veneers are excellent methods of improving the appearance of your smile and are ideal for treating defects such as:

  • Cracks
  • Gaps
  • Discoloration
  • Chips

When it comes to dental bonding, a substance is applied to the surface of your teeth and then exposed to a light that ensures the substance hardens and adheres to the teeth.

On the other hand, veneers are made according to the size of your teeth and then attached to the surface of your teeth.

Both procedures can be performed in a single session, although sometimes it takes up to three appointments to place veneers, depending on your needs.

Two Similar but Different Methods

The main purpose of these two methods is the same: to improve the appearance of your teeth.

However, the way each one achieves this goal is different.

To make the best choice, you need to know the main differences between the two procedures:

  • The Severity of Your Defects: Although both procedures can radically improve your smile, veneers are the best way to fix defects considered more complicated to treat.
  • Before the Procedure: For Dr. Joel Darrah to be able to install dental veneers so that they merge with the contour of your teeth, she needs to remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth before starting the procedure. In the case of dental bonding, this preparation is no longer necessary. 
  • The Material Used: The substance used in dental bonding is a tooth-colored composite resin. Due to the ceramic substance from which the dental veneers are made, they are more resistant and harder to stain.
  • Life Span: With the help of preventive dentistry, porcelain veneers can last for a longer period than dental bonding.
  • Price: Although dental bonding comes at a lower price than veneers, it also has its disadvantages. Since it stains more easily, you will have to visit Dr. Joel Darrah for teeth whitening more often, and the replacement of dental bonding will likely need to be done more often than the replacement of porcelain veneers.

Book Your Consultation

All this information can help you make a wiser choice, but the best option for you is to seek the advice of Dr. Joel Darrah, as he can guide you toward your dream smile.

Get in touch to book your appointment. 

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