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Veneers vs. Dental Bonding: Which Is Right for You?

August 31, 2021
Veneers vs. Dental Bonding: Which Is Right for You?

Maintaining your smile and teeth can sometimes be a challenge. Even after braces, remembering to wear your retainers every night can be difficult for some. And if you don’t wear your retainers, you know your teeth are bound to shift over a certain period. Dentists remind you to brush and floss twice daily, but how do you juggle all of that when you are running around and super busy?

Do not stress! If you start noticing your teeth shifting, unwanted stains appearing that you can’t seem to get rid of, or you accidentally chipped your tooth, there are tons of solutions your dentist will be able to provide to help you achieve your desired results. For example, are you looking for a brighter, straighter smile with which to be proud? Veneers and dental bonding are two options to consider for covering up damage and common cosmetic issues.

Want to improve your smile but aren’t sure where to start? Give us a call.

What Are Veneers? 

Veneers were explicitly designed to improve the aesthetic of your smile and act as a protectant agent against any damage that could be present. It’s a layer of material made up of composite and dental porcelain a dentist places over the original tooth. Dental veneers work to cover up any flaws your original teeth may already have that you don’t necessarily like about them. For example, veneers might be the solution for you if you have discoloring on the teeth from being a big coffee drinker or from consuming many foods that make staining very prevalent, making it hard to brush them away.

The Benefits of Dental Veneers

  • Natural tooth appearance
  • Stain-resistant
  • Porcelain works well with gums
  • Confidence boost
  • Tons of shades to choose from to obtain desired whiteness

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure designed to fix and enhance a discolored tooth or a chipped tooth. For example, a dentist may use dental bonding to close spaces or gaps between certain teeth to make them appear more straight or symmetrical.

The process is super simple and takes little to no time, with minimal pain or discomfort, unless your dentist fills a decayed tooth. Of course, if you feel any pain or pressure during the procedure, we can always give you anesthesia to ease your worries. The tooth bond material is made up of an adhesive that is then put in place by using a high-intensity curing light.

The Benefits of Dental Bonding

  • Hides minor chips and cracks
  • Whiten stains
  • Alternative to amalgam fillings
  • Takes only one sitting
  • Your enamel will remain safe

Which One Is Right for You?

Choosing between veneers and bonding can be confusing and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here we have laid out the differences between the two, so you can feel secure in the decision you want to make.

  • Cost: When you’re debating between veneers and bonding, bonding has been known to be more cost-effective than most veneers that are offered in dental offices.
  • Durability: If you are known to be rough with your teeth, meaning brushing more vigorously or eating crunchy, hard foods more often, you may run the risk of chipping a veneer or even bonding. However, veneers are more durable and tend to last longer. With bonding, the adhesive may lose its stickiness after a certain amount of time over the months or years, so you may need check-ins and maintenance more often. 
  • Appearance: Both veneers and teeth bonding both have a very natural look to them to ensure your smile has been perfected.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to preference and which treatment or procedure you are more comfortable undergoing. However, both treatment options are an amazing way to fix and enhance the appearance of your smile so you can feel happy and confident again.

Enhance Your Smile With South Anchorage Dental

At South Anchorage Dental, we are dedicated to helping every one of our patients achieve their desired goals. We understand that a smile is the most important thing to people and want you to know our team of experts are here to help you every step of the way. Aside from dental veneers and teeth bonding, we also offer a bunch more dental services.

Are you experiencing an emergency dental problem? We offer after-hours treatment with a dentist on call all day long. We understand that dental issues can occur at any time up, so we want to make sure you are getting proper oral care. South Anchorage Dental understands dental work can be costly, which is why we offer a dental savings plan for our patients. This dental savings plan saves you up to 20% off your treatment.

Get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Request an appointment with us today!

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