Teeth Bonding

Dental Bonding vs. Veneers

Dental bonding and veneers are used to improve the look of healthy teeth, fix cavities, or repair broken teeth. In most cases, bonding is applied to a smaller portion of the tooth, whereas veneers are applied to the tooth's entire front surface. Bonding is a much faster and cheaper treatment option for minor cosmetic issues.
The dental bonding material is a composite resin. Once composite is applied to your tooth surface, a special blue curing light is used. This blue light hardens the resin and bonds to the tooth. Cosmetic dentists must pick the right color of composite, and an experienced cosmetic dentist uses a layered technique with multicolored composites to create a natural and translucent look.

How long does tooth bonding last?

Depending on the bonded tooth, your bite, and eating habits, the durability of bonding varies. Dental bonding on the surface of the front teeth can last about 3 to 8 years, but the composite resin used with this dental bonding procedure isn't as durable as your natural teeth. The composite material can chip or separate from your real tooth if the bonding is close the edge of the teeth where the other teeth hit or if you try biting directly into your food. Composites stain quicker than your natural teeth as well.

What is the diffrence between dental boding and veneers?

There are notable differences between dental bonding and veneers. Veneers usually look natural (more translucent than composites) and do not stain. Veneers last longer than composites. The lifespan of veneers depends on the occlusion and your biting pattern and habits. Also, the more tooth structure you have under the veneers, the longer the veneers last. Of course, your home care and professional maintenance will make a difference. For example, let’s say you just had 10 veneers done. You might chip 1 or 2 veneers for a minor repair or replacement within a 10-year period. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, some patients replace the whole set of veneers sooner than that for a new look.

Choosing between Bonding and Veneers

Composites (or direct bonding) are very technique sensitive, especially if you want natural looking composites. The chair time is usually lengthy to achieve the nice cosmetic results with the layered technique. Good candidates for the bonding are a single tooth restoration and on a relatively small area. Especially when you are young and the gum position is not stable or for children whose teeth are still erupting. In those situations, it is too early to have veneers because the gum line will move up pretty soon and showing the margin of the veneers.

For those who are looking for a smile makeover with 4, 8 or 10 veneers, we highly recommend veneers rather than bonding. Veneers last longer and do not stain and easily give you a natural translucent look. We can also change the size and angle of each tooth for a straighter look. we always use this bonding technique to mock up the final results before the veneers. Patients can get some ideas for how the final cosmetic results will look in the mouth and the shape of the face. We can also test the functional outcome before we finalize the shape. If the temporary bonding breaks in a couple of weeks, the final veneers probably will not last long, and if that is a case we need to change the occlusion or the shape of the composite mock up and avoid the problem in advance.

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