If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, you may have heard the terms bonding and veneers. The basic intent of both cosmetic dentistry procedures is the same, but the materials used are quite different.
Bonding uses a tooth-colored composite resin – a putty-like material that we apply over a chip in a tooth or to cover over some other type of deformity. Once the material has “set,” we then contour it to either mimic the original shape or the desired shape. Bonding is not an option in some cases – the extent of the damage to a tooth can be such that neither a composite filling nor bonding is appropriate. In that case, a crown may be needed to restore your tooth and provide good oral health. The same is true for veneers, although there are cases where a veneer will work when bonding is not a viable option.
Veneers are made of porcelain, and can provide a more natural tooth appearance – especially when larger areas of the tooth are being treated. The natural enamel on your teeth is actually translucent, and the porcelain veneer is also translucent. That means that light tends to react the same way to both surfaces, and that is why veneers can look more natural than the solid composite resin materials that are used in the bonding process. By now, you may be wondering how veneers can help with severely discolored teeth if they are translucent. That’s where the skill of your dentist really comes into play.
Well-fitted veneers are generally more durable than bonding, although both procedures require that you practice good oral health practices (brushing, flossing) and avoid bad habits like chewing ice or other excessively hard materials. (That’s not good for your natural teeth, either!) Not sure what you need? We’re here to provide all your Raleigh cosmetic dentistry needs, in addition to our general dentistry services. We’ll advise you on what treatment is most appropriate for you and answer all the questions you have about the personalized treatment plan we will develop to help you restore or create the smile of your dreams.