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What’s the Best Option to Fix my Smile – Bonding or Veneers?

Dr Devine cosmetic dentistry

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Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks? If so, you’re not alone. According to a New York Post article, nearly 60 percent of those who responded say they cover their mouths when they laugh because they’re insecure about their teeth. Cosmetic dentistry allows people just like you to make a dramatic difference in the appearance of their smiles. Our cosmetic dentist in Nashville can use treatments such as bonding and veneers to transform your smile. Today on the blog, Devine Dentistry compares these two options to help you determine the best treatment for you and your smile.

Bonding and Veneers: Two Paths to the Same Goal

When you receive a dental bonding treatment, your cosmetic dentist will sculpt and apply a composite resin. This resin is matched to the shade of your natural, healthy teeth.

Veneers have been used in cosmetic dentistry for decades. A veneer is a thin shell placed on the front of the tooth or teeth being treated. At Devine Dentistry, we can provide you with veneers made of either dental porcelain or a composite resin, similar to the one used in dental bonding.

Both bonding and veneers simultaneously address multiple aesthetic issues with your teeth. Both can be used to treat a single tooth or multiple teeth. These include small chips, cracks, and fractures, adding stability to a weak or broken tooth; covering stains and discolorations; or concealing an unwanted gap between teeth. Though they are cosmetic procedures, both bonding and veneers also can strengthen a tooth by correcting this surface damage.

How do bonding and veneers differ?

  • Less invasive: Bonding. Although veneers entail removing just a small area of your tooth structure, a bonding treatment leaves your tooth structure intact.
  • Convenience: Tie. A bonding procedure can usually be completed in a single appointment. A composite veneer also can be finished in one appointment, while a porcelain veneer takes two dental visits, scheduled about two weeks apart.
  • Cost: Bonding. A bonding procedure typically is less expensive than veneers, whether you choose composite or porcelain.
  • Durability: Veneers. A bonding treatment is not going to last as long or be as strong as either composite or porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers cost more, but they are the most durable option, both in terms of strength and lifespan.

Which one is right for me: Bonding or Veneers?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to this question. The ideal way to determine the best option for you is to meet with your cosmetic dentist. This is why Devine Dentistry schedules a consultation prior to beginning the work on any cosmetic procedure. At this meeting, your dentist will review your medical and dental history, present your options, and help you decide whether bonding or veneers is the best choice for you. Stop waiting to change the appearance of your smile. Schedule your consultation today by calling (615) 269-4209 if you’re located in the areas of Nashville, Belle Meade, and Green Hills in Tennessee.