Deciding to do cosmetic dentistry is an easy choice, but choosing between bonding and veneers may be harder to decide. Let’s look at the pros and cons of both…
Bonding is best for minor issues in anterior teeth. Small chips, insufficient size of a tooth, discoloration or a small gap in between teeth are all solved by bonding. Bonding is also an excellent “filler” if you have a teenager or young adult who is in need of orthodontics or eventual implants, from congenitally missing or “peg” teeth that require work, but they are not done growing yet or you need to find an interim solution. Dental Bonding is a composite material that is blended to the color of your surrounding teeth. A simple office procedure that can be completed in one appointment and is a terrific choice for minor imperfections. Bonding is permanent, in that it needs to be there for the life of the tooth, but will need to be replaced/repaired over the course of time. Bonding also is subject to stain from everyday drinks such as wine, tea, colas and coffee. Professional cleanings remove surface stain and at home care is important in maintaining the color of the bond. Bonding is less expensive up front, but be careful, as the replacement of it, often every two to ten years, can add up quickly and, in the long run, be costlier than permanent veneers.
Veneers are custom made to each tooth and can fix chips, decay, cracks, insufficient structure and damaged and discolored teeth. Veneers are made of porcelain and can be made translucent to match surrounding natural teeth. Veneers also give you the option of doing in office whitening to brighten any natural teeth not being included in the cosmetic plan and match your new veneers to the refreshed color of your remaining teeth. Veneers are stain resistant and more resilient than bonding, for the long term. Unlike bonding, veneers can be fabricated to correct cosmetic imperfections, even change or enhance your smile line and offer you a brand new smile in just a couple of appointments. Many veneers have a life span of up to 25 years. Although veneers are more expensive, they are the chosen solution to restore or improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.
If you are interested in bonding or veneers, please call our office for a complimentary consultation. We can help with your smile design and give you options! Call Weisbard Dental at 303.773.3373.