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Prosthetic & Implant Dentistry

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Mercer Island, WA

Veneers vs. Bonding: Which is Right for Your Situation?

Posted on 1/24/2022 by Dr. Shiotsu
Veneers vs. Bonding: Which is Right for Your Situation?Both porcelain veneers and dental bonding offer great solutions for people who want to restore their smile and correct some slight discoloration or damage on their teeth. Although these two options address similar problems, the procedures tend to be different.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a type of crown fitted over the remaining tooth structure to help restore the function, strength, and appearance of the teeth. Veneers are custom-made to fit perfectly onto the teeth. Our prosthodontist will do extra preparation of the natural tooth before fitting the veneers. The dental specialist will remove caries and align the surface where the final veneers will go. It takes more than one appointment to have the procedure completed. Veneers covers up severe stains and discolorations. They also help close up large gaps occurring between the teeth. Additionally, veneers restore overly worn teeth, helping restore their function.

What is Dental Bonding?

Bonding helps enhance or restore the look of your teeth while also helping fix slight cracks or chips on the teeth. Our dental specialist will use a composite resin capable of being formed or sculpted into any shape. Often, dental bonding involves a filling resin placed on the front surface of your tooth. Dental bonding aims at making slight improvement to the size, shape, and color of your teeth. It is a good option for patients with a single irregularity that needs repair or maybe restoration of slight cracks and chips on a single or several teeth. Bonding helps repair cracks, chips, and damages such as cavities. It also helps with reshaping of teeth and covering minor discolorations. Our prosthodontist may also utilize bonding to treat exposed roots of teeth.

Which is Right for your Situation?

Which one you choose between dental bonding and veneers largely depends what problem you need to resolve and its nature or severity. Bonding is a faster procedure compared to veneers, however, the latter, are more resistant to staining. Veneers are also more resistant to breaks or chips. That being said, our dental professional will have to reshape your teeth to create room for the veneers. Also, bonding is less costly than veneers and it can be done in a single appointment. Come to our office to find out if bonding or veneers work for you and which one makes a better choice depending on your specific case.

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Mercer Island, WA

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Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985

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