What is the difference between dental bonding and veneers?
Dental bonding and veneers are cosmetic procedures that can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them.
Bonding is usually a quick and comfortable procedure. Bonding may not require the use of anesthesia and is completed in one visit. The technique and materials used differ for each procedure. With bonding, tooth-colored materials are attached or bonded, to a tooth surface. The teeth do not need to be altered in any way prior to treatment.
Bonding is also used to protect teeth exposed tooth roots that are a result of gum recession. Bonding usually lasts from three to five years.
Veneers are a custom-made solution that may require more than one visit if made from a lab. Veneers are made from composite resins, acrylic material, or porcelain. Placing veneers is often an irreversible process because a small amount of enamel is usually removed to accommodate the thickness of the covering.
Like any restoration, over time it may need to be replaced. If you take good care of your teeth with brushing and flossing, plus visiting your dentist every six months for examinations and cleanings, you can expect your veneers to last for a good while.
If you are interested in improving the look of your smile, contact Norfolk County Dental Care to learn more!