Dental Bonding or Porcelain Veneers: Which Treatment Is Right for Me?

By on January 15, 2014

Clarksville Dental BondingBoth dental bonding and porcelain veneers can dramatically improve your smile but how do you know which treatment is right for you? The following overview will help you understand the differences and similarities between both treatments, but, to determine exactly which treatment is right for you, it is best to discuss your needs and desired results with a cosmetic dentist at Clarksville Smiles.

Porcelain Veneer Treatment

Porcelain veneer treatment improves the appearance of flawed or misshaped teeth by masking imperfections. Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped prosthetics custom-made to the perfect shape, size, and shade to create a gorgeous smile. Typically, two dental visits are required - the first to take impressions of the teeth, which are used to craft the custom veneers, and the second to place the finished veneers. Porcelain veneer treatment requires a thin layer of the enamel to be removed in order to allow space for the veneer to fit on the surface of the tooth and a special dental cement is used to bond the veneer to the tooth.

Dental Bonding Treatment

Dental bonding serves a similar purpose as porcelain veneers: to improve the appearance of the teeth; but the process is somewhat different. Dental bonding involves the use a special pliable resin to cover the surface of the teeth and conceal flaws. The resin is molded to the teeth being treated and shaped to the proper size and appearance so treatment can be completed in a single dental visit. Once the bonding material is shaped to the desired appearance, a special light is applied to the resin to cure, or harden, the once soft resin. Once hardened, the bonded tooth is finely shaped and polished to create a flawless look.

Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers

Though dental bonding and porcelain veneer treatments are similar and yield nearly identical results, there are some differences that may make one treatment more desirable for you than the other. Which treatment you actually choose is best decided between you and your dentist, however, there are some general differences between the two treatments.

  • Materials used for treatment: Dental bonding and porcelain veneers most obvious difference is the type of material used for treatment. As the name suggest, porcelain veneers are made of ceramic porcelain, which closely mimics the appearance of the natural teeth. Dental bonding uses a putty-like resin, which also blends well with the natural teeth. However, many find that the resin used in bonding material is not as shiny and lustrous as porcelain.
  • Tooth preparation requirements: Though both treatments require some tooth preparation, porcelain veneers require more preparation than dental bonding. With veneer treatment, a thin layer of the surface tooth enamel must be removed. Dental bonding requires less tooth alteration. With dental bonding, a special chemical is applied to the surface of the tooth to roughen it so the resin will form a strong bond to the tooth. 
  • Treatment length: The porcelain veneer treatment process is typically more lengthy than dental bonding treatment. Porcelain veneer treatment generally requires two dental appointments, one to take dental impressions to use for the crafting of the veneers followed by a visit to place the veneers. Dental bonding can be completed in a single dental visit.
  • Long-term results: Porcelain veneers tend to keep their shine longer than dental bonding. Also, veneers will not stain as the dental bonding material.

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