Questions? Feedback? powered by Olark live chat software

Dental Bonding Vs. Veneers

Your smile is the first thing others notice about you, so it is important to have the best smile you possibly can. If you have chipped, cracked or stained teeth, you may be considering having dental bonding or veneers installed in order to correct the problem, but which type of dental work do you have done? Is there a difference between bonding and veneers? Deciding on which type of dental work is best suited for your specific needs can be confusing. Basically, veneers are meant to conceal flaws that are more dramatic and dental bonding is usually best for correcting minor imperfections. Still not sure which procedure is the best suited for your needs? Here is a bit more detail on comparing veneers to dental bonding.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are used to cover the front of your teeth. Veneers are typically used to conceal gaps and/or correct crooked, stained or the appearance of misshapen teeth. The installation of veneers typically requires the removal of some of the enamel and reshaping the tooth. The entire procedure may take several visits to the dentist office, but the final result is a long-lasting, natural appearance. Veneers can often be used to correct a range of dental problems, including:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Large gaps
  • Chipped teeth
  • Teeth that overlap
  • Crooked teeth
  • Severe discoloration and stains

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding uses a composite resin to conceal the imperfections in your teeth. The resin used will be made to match the color of your teeth and will be applied directly to the tooth. Unlike veneers, dental bonding usually doesn’t require the removal of enamel or tooth reshaping, but veneers are usually permanent and dental bonding is not. The resin will be hardened and polished to look just like your natural teeth, but in most situations, it will need to be reapplied eventually. Dental bonding is ideal for those who only need a minor “touch-up”, instead of completely concealing their teeth. For example, this procedure is perfect for concealing a chipped tooth or hiding a small gap. Other conditions that dental bonding can be used for include:

  • Minor stains
  • Chips
  • Gaps
  • Exposed roots from receding gums
  • Cracks
  • Misshapen teeth

In most situations, dental bonding does not look as natural as veneers, because the bonding is not translucent. If you have dental bonding, tooth whitening treatments will typically not whiten stained resin. Whether you choose veneers or dental bonding, it is essential that you keep up with your regular teeth cleaning regimen and schedule routine dental visits for a professional cleaning and to ensure the veneers or bonding is in good condition and doing the job it was designed to do. To determine which procedure is the best suited for your needs, it is recommended that you consult with your dentist beforehand.

If you're looking for dental bonding surgery or teeth cleaning services, contact the team at Southfield Family Dental Center today!

Recovery Time For Dental Implants

The recovery times from dental implant surgery varies depending on a patient’s case. For instance, the complexity of the surgery done (procedures that involve grafting take longer to heal), the patient’s lifestyle (smokers will have a...

When Are Dental Implants Needed?

If you have missing or cracked teeth, investing in dental implants could be the right choice for you. This is a great alternative to get your smile back, boost your self-esteem and lower the risk of digestive problems due to chewing...

I Have A Dental Emergency- What Do I Do?

When you knock out a tooth or are suffering from tooth pain, you need answers. Common questions include “what should I do with the knocked out tooth?”, “will it be able to be reattached?” “how long will I be in...

Oral Effects of Chewing Gum

We’ve all heard of chewing gum after meals. With that being said, it’s often a double-edged sword; is it beneficial for your teeth or is it a type of candy that can damage them? At Southfield Family Dental, we’re all about being...

The Top Three Misconceptions About Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening. For some it’s a scary topic, for others it’s essential. A bright, white smile is the epitome of a healthy mouth. However, some may have misconceptions about teeth whitening. Is it permanent? Are all whitening products...

Broken Teeth and Teeth Injuries- What To Do?

Among many dental emergencies, one of the most frightening is a broken front tooth. A front tooth that is broken impairs your ability to eat or drink anything without discomfort. A broken tooth can happen for a variety of reasons, but we focus on...

How Can a Dentist Repair a Chipped Tooth?

A chipped tooth can be worrisome and can be caused by a number of things. Did you fall? Open a packaged with your teeth? (Never open stuff with your teeth!) Or did you chip it while eating something hard? If you’ve chipped a tooth it’s...

How Many Times A Day Should I Floss?

For most people, it's recommended that both brushing and flossing are done twice a day. There are a number of advantages that come along with flossing your teeth regularly, including everything discussed below. Reduced Bleeding From the...

Choosing The Right Toothpaste For You

Many Options Make Choosing A Toothpaste More Difficult When you shop for toothpaste, you will encounter a wide range of choices that can be confusing. Do you want whitening, breath-freshening, gum care or tooth strengthening? What flavor do you...

5 Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth

Do you want your teeth to last a lifetime? Here are five foods to be cautious of: Sweet Sticky Foods This category includes everything from caramel to more healthy options such as dried plums and raisins. In both cases, the sugars that stick...

The Pros and Cons of Veneers. Are They Worth It?

A person with blemished teeth, in which they might experience issues such as them being crooked, discolored, broken off or have spaces in between them, might consider veneers. However, are they worth it? What are the advantages and disadvantages...

What Is A Dental Crown?

Did your dentist inform you that you need a dental crown? Some individuals likely have no idea what a dental crown is or the purpose for the crown. Learn what a dental crown is and why you may need one. Why do I need a dental crown? Dental...

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

You've probably heard stories of people struggling with pain and several dentist visits to deal with their wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that people usually get as teenagers or young adults. Unfortunately, most people experience some...

The Importance of Flossing Your Teeth

Maintaining a healthy smile not only improves your looks but it also keeps your breath smelling great. Along with brushing your teeth two to three times a day, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you floss once a day. Why is...

What Happens if You Don't Treat a Cavity?

The majority of people are familiar with cavities and know the treatment process, however, the majority of people do not know the process of what happens to a tooth if it's left untreated. Here's a brief summary of what to expect: Further...

Oral Health Best Practices

Taking care of your teeth is a basic necessity. Whether you use a water pick in the suburbs or a whittled twig out in the wilderness, good dental and oral health not only prevents tooth problems, infections, and pain, but also affects your...
Page: 12345 - All