Veneers and Dental Bonding

Veneers and Dental Bonding

Aug 12, 2015

Most people know that veneers and dental bonding are both cosmetic surgery procedures, which can help hide any dental imperfection and a small glitch in your teeth to give you self-confidence with a beautiful smile to match. Many people are, however, confused as to the differences between these two types of surgeries, because both of them bring about the same results.

To know the difference, you have to first know what these procedures individually are:

  • Dental Bonding- In dental bonding, any damage or imperfection of the teeth, that is, problems related to decayed, fractured, chipped or even discolored teeth can be repaired by the application of a composite plastic (resin). At first, the teeth are washed with a mild solution that makes the surface of the teeth rough and allows the bonding material (resin) to stick. After applying the resin, your dentist will shape, sculpt or color your teeth to enhance their appearance. At the last stage, a high-intensity light will be shined on the fixed teeth, so that the material hardens and retains its effectiveness.
  • Veneers- Veneers are very thin pieces of hard material, most commonly porcelain or plastic that are shaped like your teeth. These pieces are attached to the front of your teeth using dental glue. Veneers help repair teeth that are severely chipped, discolored or misshapen. There are two types of veneers to choose from: porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers cost more, last longer, and require at least two visits to your dentist. Composite veneers, on the other hand, cost less, does not last more than seven years, and can be completed with only one visit to the dental clinic. Getting veneers is simpler than dental bonding, but it requires small microscopic holes to be made in your teeth as the initial step.

Now both of these are amazing inventions that will help you regain your charming smile, but how do you know which one you should get? Veneers or bonding differs from person to person, according to the extent of damage to the teeth and the lifestyle choices they have; your dentist will be able to tell you which one to get, but here are a few points on both of the surgeries that will give you a little idea on the differences.

1. Veneers are harder to stain because they are whole pieces, whereas dental bonding uses porous chemicals that can get stained if you do not take proper care. The general advice for smokers and drinkers is- avoid dental bonding.

2. Many people think that veneers look fake and sometimes may seem uncomfortable in your mouth. The key to this is to go to a good dental clinic that has qualified dentists, which is exactly what Tooth Works Calgary has in store for you.

So what are you waiting for? Call us immediately and make an appointment to get yourself a beautiful smile!