For decades, cosmetic dentistry has been helping to transform smiles and restore confidence, and as time goes on and technology improves, more options have become available. Although they are intended to accomplish the same end goal, which is to give you the smile of your dreams, the treatments themselves, and what they entail are very different. Two of the most common choices amongst cosmetic dentistry patients are veneers and dental bonding. Keep reading to learn what your Carlsbad dentist has to say about their differences and why you might consider bonding over veneers.
The Differences Between Dental Veneers and Dental Bonding
Before getting into the “why” behind dental bonding being a better option over veneers, it’s important to understand the differences between them:
Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain and colored in a way that they match your natural teeth. They are then permanently placed on top of your natural teeth in order to mask flaws such as staining, cracks, breaks, or even gaps. In order for your dentist to apply the veneers, they have to alter the shape and physical surface of your actual tooth, making this option a slightly more invasive and life-long commitment.
Instead of using an actual prosthetic like veneers, this process uses a tooth colored resin that is physically bonded to the surface of the affected teeth. In this way, it helps to also cover up imperfections by filling in holes, cracks, or covering up stains. The results are also long-lasting as the bonds essentially become one with your teeth.
Why Dental Bonds Might Be a Better Option for You
Now that you understand the difference between the two, here are several reasons why you might want to choose bonding over veneers:
- Your flaws are mostly minor. Not everyone needs to have an extreme smile makeover. You may have smaller flaws that can be addressed without the need to alter your natural teeth as in the veneer treatment process. If your breaks, cracks, gaps, or stains are very small and can be easily covered up, dental bonding is probably a better option for you.
- Treatment time is much quicker. Most people wouldn’t say they particularly enjoy spending hours at the dentist office. With veneers, you can expect several visits, as the dentist will need to alter your natural teeth first, then most your temporary veneers, and then see you again in order to place the finished product once it has been crafted. Dental bonding, on the other hand, can be completed in a single appointment, giving you more time to get back to your busy life with a more confident smile.
- The strain on your wallet will be lighter. When it comes to veneers, you want to make the most of your investment, which is why porcelain is always the best material for the treatment. However, with porcelain veneers, you can expect to pay anywhere from $900 – $2.5K per tooth, vs. the $300-$600 that you would pay per tooth for bonding.
Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your smile’s specific needs, and your dentist can assess your teeth and help you figure out if dental bonding is a treatment that could work for you.
About the Author
Dr. Drew Addy has loved dentistry from a young age, and it was his dream to be able to use it to help others. He is passionate about giving his patients the smiles and confidence they deserve through the gift of cosmetic dentistry. He is committed to building his practice on trust and long-lasting relationships, and years of education and experience allow him to provide superior care. Are you ready for a new smile? Schedule a consultation online or call (760) 729-5881.