What’s the difference between Bonding and Veneers

What’s the difference between Bonding and Veneers

You might consider veneering your teeth if they are chipped or worn. While veneers are popular and can give a beautiful result you can also consider bonding which is less invasive and cheaper.

Here is some information explaining the difference between the two.

Dental or cosmetic bonding involves using a tooth coloured filling dental material called composite to shape and then bond onto your tooth to help improve the aesthetics of your smile, for instance, reduce gaps between teeth, repair chips or alter the shape of your teeth. Often when cosmetic bonding is completed very little or none of your tooth is removed but this will vary from case to case depending on what we are trying to achieve.

Veneers on the other hand are customised very thins sheets of porcelain designed to fit and be bonded on the front of the teeth. This usually requires adjustment of the teeth and supplying a laboratory with a dental impression.

While the two types of treatment try to achieve a similar result there are some major differences;

  1. Often when cosmetic bonding is completed very little or none of your tooth is removed but this will vary from case to case and what we are trying to achieve.
  2. Veneers usually involve removing a little of your enamel which is one of the disadvantages to having veneers placed.
  3. Because veneers require a laboratory to make them there is an increased cost and more appointments are generally necessary to complete the treatment than with a cosmetic bonding procedure.
  4. Veneers can have a more dramatic effect than cosmetic bonding in certain situations and unlike bonded composite do not stain over time.

To find out more contact the practice and arrange an appointment for Dr Parvis to discuss the possible options with you.

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