Dental Bonding VS Porcelain Veneers

 

 

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Hello, everyone, this is HVS’s, Dr. Peter Wong. Thank you for taking the time to learn about the distinctions between dental bonding and porcelain veneers. My job today is to go over the differences between the two and the potential benefits of each. At the very least, when you go to the dentist to get the work done, you’ll know what they’re talking about, you’ll know what options you have, and you’ll be able to make an appropriate and informal decision.

Both of these operations aim to improve the appearance of your smile, thus they are frequently elective procedures. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are glued to the front of your teeth. You can imagine them as a fingernail, so we remove a small amount of tooth structure and then put veneers on top.

Bonding and veneering are sometimes used interchangeably, but veneering is a separate substance. When we talk about bonding, we’re referring to the process of applying a layer of filler material to the surface of your teeth. There is a significant difference here; both operations can offer you a more attractive smile if you want it to be whiter or if you have worn teeth and want to improve the form or length of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are produced in the lab so that the material is more long-lasting and we can achieve a higher translucency, allowing more light to pass through and allowing them to survive and look better for longer.

When we use bonding or composite filling material to cover your teeth, the operation is completed in the office or in one visit. However, over time, the bonding can dull and wear away, necessitating more frequent replacements or, at the very least, repairs. So, veneers can last around ten years, frequently more with bonding within ten years, so you’ll most likely need to have them repaired and worked out.

If you wish to have the cosmetic treatment done, both procedures can help. So, when it comes to cosmetic operations, we’ll sit down and truly talk about your goals, your vision, and how you want your smile to look, and then we’ll speak about how we can make that happen. If we decide to perform bonding or veneers, the next step is to have a mock-up made, so I will frequently take a mold of your teeth and send it to my lab, where they will make in wax the shape and size of teeth that we desire, so we do this with a lot of measurements images.

When we have it, we go back and look at it collectively, asking if this is what we want to do. Is it your intention to make these teeth a little bit longer, a little bit wider? It is only after we have all of that figured out that we proceed to the next step, which is to actually reproduce the shape that we got in the mock-up of your teeth on your own actual teeth, so the entire procedure is predictable because we take it to step by step and the goal the entire time is to ensure that you end up with a beautiful smile, that you end up with the vision that you had and that the procedure is predictable because we take it to step by step. So, give us a call at the office, come on in and we can start the process for you right away!

Learn more about the dental bonding procedure here!