Veneers or Cosmetic Bonding? Which One Do You Need?

Two popular services we offer at Longleaf Dental are veneers and cosmetic bonding. Both provide great ways to improve your smile, but many patients want to know– which is right for them?

In this article, we’ll compare and contrast dental veneers and cosmetic bonding, giving you the information you need to decide what’s best.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are the shape and size of a healthy tooth, and can be used to improve the way discolored or chipped teeth look. Think of them as a permanent mask for your teeth, creating a durable and pleasing smile.

Veneers require two visits to the dentist. We begin by removing some enamel from the front of your tooth to allow space for the veneers. Then, we create a molded image that will be used to fabricate custom-sized porcelain veneers, fitting your teeth exactly to cover any imperfections.

During your second office visit, the veneers are applied to the front of the teeth with adhesive material to create a permanent bond.

Pros and Cons of Veneers

There are several unique properties of veneers when compared to cosmetic bonding. Here are some of the pros and cons:

Pros of Veneers:

  • Veneers are difficult to stain; they maintain their color longer than cosmetic bonding.
  • Veneers last a long time (10-15 years) — longer than cosmetic bonding.
  • It’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between veneers and natural teeth.
  • Veneers can improve more severe cosmetic issues than bonding.

Cons of Veneers:

  • Veneers usually cost more than cosmetic bonding.
  • Veneers are irreversible.

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a simpler procedure than veneers and typically only requires one appointment. During your visit, tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied to your teeth to cover or fix any cosmetic issues, and is then hardened with a special light. This light bonds the material to the tooth to restore or improve your smile.

Cosmetic bonding can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, make teeth longer, close spaces between teeth, or change the shape of teeth. Multiple teeth can receive treatment in a single visit, and unless the bonding is filling a cavity, it usually requires no pain medication.

Pros and Cons of Cosmetic Bonding

As before, there are also several unique advantages and disadvantages to cosmetic bonding.

Pros of Cosmetic Bonding:

  • Bonding is easier and less expensive than veneers and most other cosmetic dental procedures.
  • Bonding can usually be done in one office visit.
  • Bonding removes less tooth enamel than veneers.
  • Anesthesia is usually not required.

Cons of Cosmetic Bonding:

  • The resin material used in bonding stains more easily than veneers.
  • Cosmetic bonding doesn’t usually last as long as veneers and is more prone to chipping.
  • Cosmetic bonding can only fix minor cosmetic issues.

Which one do you need?

Both veneers and cosmetic bonding present great options for patients who are looking to improve their smile. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution and have major cosmetic issues that need improvements, then veneers are going to be the best option.

If you’re simply looking to touch up your smile and fix some minor imperfections, then cosmetic bonding is probably the best option.

Ultimately this decision is best made in consultation with your dentist. If you’re in the Albany, Georgia area and are looking to improve your smile, then look no further than Longleaf Dental.

Our team has extensive experience working with patients to give them a smile that lasts and gives them confidence. Contact us today to schedule your appointment – we would love to hear from you!

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