The Truth about Veneers and Bonding
March 4, 2020
Dr. Katherine Nicholson
Often, we’re asked about the differences between veneers and bonding for teeth whitening and improving your overall smile appearance. Both are different aspects of cosmetic dentistry and used for different reasons.
Porcelain veneers are generally meant for people who have more severe stains, issues of shape, or fractured teeth. Veneers are created in a dental lab by a dental technician (or ceramist). They are custom-fit and color-matched to your teeth (or to your desired whiteness.) Some people only require one tooth, but others may need a full set (6-8 teeth). This way when you smile, your teeth are all the same color, size and shape. Usually you can get a full set of porcelain veneers over the course of 2-3 visits within a few weeks.
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Alternatively, if you have a small irregularity (like a crack or gap between your teeth), or perhaps a light stain that you would like improved, then dental bonding is another great option. With bonding, a filling material is placed on the tooth to alter the size, shape and color.
Veneers have a dental lifetime of about 15 years before they need to be replaced. Additionally, dental bonding is made of a material (composite resin) that is not as strong as porcelain, so it can crack more easily. However, if this happens, dental bonding is usually quick and easy to fix. It can last up to 10 years before it needs to be replaced. Veneers are considered cosmetic and not covered by most insurance, while dental bonding is generally covered when it is done for structural reasons.
With both veneers and dental bonding, we find many patients experience dramatic results that help them feel a renewed sense of self-confidence. At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry of Spartanburg, our goal is to provide patients with expert oral care in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Dr. Nicholson and all of our staff will help safeguard your oral health and brighten your smile. Give us a call, and one of our friendly team members will be glad to answer any questions that you may have.