When it comes to repairing or accentuating that smile of yours there are many options. Veneers, for instance, were the original ‘Hollywood smile’ and they have come a long way. There is also a technique called ‘bonding’ which you may be considering. In today’s article we will discuss the differences between bonding and veneers so that you can make an informed decision about which might be the best choice for you!
What are the differences between bonding and veneers?
Bonding is a process which involves a complex resin that can be molded and shaped to repair your tooth. The process is fascinating, in that it involves a special type of light which your dentist employs that will allow the malleable compound to harden, becoming part of your tooth. Think of it as a sort of ‘Filling 2.0’. Now, veneers are a bit different and have been around for quite a bit longer. A veneer is a sort of ‘porcelain front’ that fits over the front of your tooth and provides the effect of perfection. Hollywood has employed veneers for ages in order to create those perfect smiles that you see on the big screen and in interviews and so this technique is quite high in demand.
What is better bonding or veneers?
That is going to depend on a number of factors, including cost, longevity, how much modification area, and more. In order to better break it down for you it is probably best if we break them down into pros and cons so that you can have an overview of both bonding and veneers. Let’s start with bonding.
Bonding has a lot going for it, some examples of the Pros of utilizing this method include:
- Less modification – With bonding you will retain more of the actual tooth and for some people this is the deciding factor.
- Less waiting – Bonding can be done quite quickly, requiring the need for less dental visits than veneers and other cosmetic methods.
- Cost effective – Bonding is generally going to cost less than getting veneers, which can be an important factor if you need a lot of work done or if you currently are on a tight budget.
What you should know about Bonding: The Cons
Now, while it is less expensive, there are other considerations when you are comparing bonding and veneers that you will want to keep in mind. Bonding presents the following ‘Cons’:
- Less stain-resistant – The resin which is used for the bonding process is not as resistant to staining as veneers, as such you will definitely have to be more vigilant in cleaning to avoid unsightly staining.
- Less durable – Bonding can chip and may require replacement sooner than a veneer would require.
What you should know about Veneers: The Pros
Veneers have been around for a bit longer and as such, they are the preferred option for many who are not as worried about the cost when it comes to the enhancement or repairing of their smile. The main Pros obtained from Veneers are as follows:
- Durability – When you take care of them, a good set of veneers can last as long as 15 years. This is due to both materials involved and the customization that goes into a veneer.
” Technology that pretty much invented the Hollywood smile…”
- Longevity of technique – Mae West, Bob Hope, and Judy Garland were among the first candidates to receive veneers. This means that you are taking advantage of the technology that pretty much invented the Hollywood smile. The technique has been refined over time and is still going strong, so this is an option that you can be very confident in.
- Materials – Veneers are made of porcelain, which makes them stain-resistant and durable. Custom fit to your teeth they can help to make your smile stick out in photos and in public.
What you should know about Veneers: The Cons
Like any other cosmetic procedure, Veneers have their own set of ‘Cons’ for you to consider. Below is the list of the ‘downsides’ of veneers:
- Tooth excavation is required – Some scoring and removal of tooth enamel goes into the process that helps to ensure that the Veneers attach securely and permanently to your teeth. As a result, you will have prettier teeth overall but some of the mass of your natural teeth will be removed in the process.
- Time consuming – Veneers require a bit of customizing and so this means more trips to see the dentist until the perfect fit is created and put into place. As they are created in a lab, the basic process consists of a consulting session, obtaining data on your teeth, creating the veneers, and then the affixing of them to your teeth. After this you must evaluate the fit and if there are no issues then you should be done. Otherwise, a refitting of a new set may be required.
- Can be expensive – Getting a full set of veneers can be costly, though if you only need one or two then it is not as taxing on your wallet.
- Not for ‘tooth grinders’ – Veneers are not indestructible and certain habits like grinding one’s teeth at night may mean that you are not a proper candidate for this procedure. Only a consult can determine if something like this is going to be an issue, so you should simply check with your dentist and they should be able to assess if Veneers are a good option for you.
In this article we have talked about the Pros and Cons of Bonding vs. Veneers. Overall, if cost is not an option, Veneers are likely going to be your best overall choice unless the required repair is minor. If you just need to fill a small cavity, Bonding offers an affordable solution that uses less of your time. It’s all a matter of what works best for you!