bonding vs. veneers

Bonding vs. Veneers: Which One is Right For You

If you’re looking to fix the way your teeth look, you’ve likely come across two similar treatments: bonding and veneers.

What’s confusing to most people is the price differential.  Bonding is relatively inexpensive, depending on how much you need done, and may even be covered by your insurance.

Veneers, on the other hand, can very expensive and are not covered by insurance, since they are a 100% cosmetic procedure. The cost disparity is not the only difference between the two techniques.  Both can enhance your smile, but their uses are very distinct.

A Quick and Easy Fix for Small Imperfections

Bonding is a great option for minor corrections to your teeth.  Did you get a small chip in your front tooth as a kid? Bonding can fix it.  A slightly too big gap between visible teeth? Dental bonding has you covered.

The material used for bonding is a composite resin similar to filling material.  In fact, sometimes it is used as a filling in order to maintain the color of the teeth.

Get A Brand-New Smile

Porcelain Veneers are a great way to turn your worn teeth into a new smile. The micro-thin shells can change the shape of all your front teeth, not just one or two.  While bonding works great for exposed or chipped teeth, veneers work better if your teeth are healthy. The super thin porcelain covers over teeth that are:

  • Too short
  • Too narrow
  • Unevenly spaced
  • Discolored
  • Poorly aligned

The newer types of veneers let light filter through, so your smile has a luminescent quality. In just a few short visits, your entire smile will light up

Are There Any Drawbacks?

With both treatments, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed from your teeth in order to make your teeth look natural.  Bonding only buffs away the outer enamel in the small specific areas that need to be fixed; placing veneers involves removing a thin layer from every tooth that will be covered by the shell. This is considered safe because not all the enamel is taken away.  However, though bonding can be used to fill or seal a tooth with a cavity, veneers do not provide any additional protection to your enamel.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Raleigh

No matter which treatment is right for you, you need a highly trained professional to do the work.Dr Agarwal is nationally recognized as a dental expert, speaker, and trainer. He is more than familiar with all sorts of dental restoration as well as cosmetic treatments like veneers!  You can expect high-quality service from our team at Raleigh Dental Arts along with gentle, professional care. Call to schedule your consultation today!