Bonding and veneers are a great solution to a wide range of dental issues. Although they may appear similar, these treatment methods have distinct differences that you should understand in order to achieve the smile of your dreams!
Even more, knowing whether you qualify for cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as bonding and veneers, will help you to choose the best treatment option for your needs.
Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding
Bonding allows you to make minor repairs to damaged teeth. Depending on your unique needs, bonding can be applied to multiple teeth at one time.
Your dentist will use a tooth-coloured resin, which is placed on the surface of the tooth. It can restore the size of a tooth and repair any damage. A chemical is placed on the tooth to allow the resin to bond once it’s applied. The resin is applied in layers, and the tooth is polished to achieve a natural appearance.
Like with bonding treatments, veneers are also placed on the surface of the tooth. Veneers are made of a high-quality material, such as porcelain, that can be customized to the needs of each patient. The material also mimics the properties of your tooth’s natural enamel.
Porcelain veneers have a higher level of strength when compared to composite resin veneers, making these the ideal option. Porcelain veneers are applied after a thin layer of your existing enamel is removed. A mould is created of your teeth in order to create the customized porcelain veneers.
Do You Qualify for Bonding or Veneer Treatments?
Consulting with your dentist will help you determine if you are a good candidate for bonding or veneer treatments.
Some of the factors that can prevent patients from qualifying for veneers include the existence of tooth decay or periodontal disease. In order to get veneers, you should address these issues first to prevent unwanted issues.
Patients whose teeth have insufficient amount of enamel may not be suitable candidates for veneers, as the veneers will not properly adhere to the teeth. In addition, patients that suffer from excess grinding (bruxism) may risk damaging porcelain veneers and may benefit from other treatments instead.
Bonding and veneers must also be maintained over time. Proper dental care and regular visits with your dentist will ensure that you achieve lasting results
If you have questions about bonding or veneers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shields, call 289-624-1809 or request an appointment online.