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The Difference Between Veneers and Bonding

The Difference Between Veneers and Bonding

Your smile is the first thing people see. This is why many people feel self-conscious about having imperfections in their smile, including chips, stains, gapping, or size discrepancies between teeth. But there are ways to even out your smile that involve simple and quick cosmetic dentistry services that can be done in as few as 2 visits to the dentist. Dental bonding and dental veneers are both forms of cosmetic dentistry that can create an even and bright smile free from chips and other imperfections. Smile with confidence with the help of either of these cosmetic dentistry services.

Bonding Versus Veneers

What Is Bonding?
Bonding, also called bonded restoration, is a form of cosmetic dentistry that makes repairs to the teeth using composite resin. Bonding can also be used for non-cosmetic purposes when it functions to repair broken teeth that may be at risk for further chipping or that affect speech or eating. Bonding can be used to repair chips or breaks in the teeth and to fill in gaps between teeth by extending the sides of the teeth. Bonding can also be used to change the shape or colour of teeth.

During bonding, a thin plastic film is placed over the surrounding teeth to keep them safe from any resin. Then, the dentist will use a chemical to give the tooth some texture to help the resin bond to the tooth. The resin will be built up in layers, shaped to match the natural tooth, and hardened with a special light after each layer. After the final layer, the resin may be shaped to perfectly match the tooth and then polished to give a smooth finish. The composite resin used is designed to match the colour of the tooth and surrounding teeth so that it looks completely natural. The bonding may slowly wear down over time, but more resin can be added as needed and the tooth can be polished to maintain the look.

What Are Veneers?
Veneers are incredibly thin but durable porcelain or resin composite shells that are permanently bonded to the teeth. Veneers can be chosen in a variety of colours to match the natural teeth and they can help to cover up stains or chips on the natural teeth as well as change the shape of the teeth or cover tooth gaps.

Veneers are created based on a mold of your teeth so they perfectly fit you. To have veneers placed, the dentist will need to slightly grind down the natural tooth to give the veneer room to sit perfectly on the tooth. The dentist will then put a mild chemical on the teeth to add texture to help the veneers bond (the same chemical that is used for bonding), and the veneers will be bonded into place using a composite resin cement that is solidified using a special light. To learn more about veneers, read 4 Common Questions About Veneers Answered.

The Difference Between Bonding And Veneers
Porcelain veneers are incredibly strong and stain-resistant, making them a good option for a permanent dental solution for staining or covering chips. Because of the strength of veneers, they tend to last longer than bonding and do not need touch-ups over the years. Since veneers are covers, they will not be adequate for addressing larger breaks, such as when half a tooth is broken. The type of cosmetic dentistry you receive will depend on what you are trying to achieve (covering a large chip versus covering staining, for example) as well as your preferred look, the maintenance that may be involved, and more. To help you decide if bonding or veneers are right for you, speak with your dentist.

Bonding And Veneers In Calgary

If you want to fill in gaps between teeth, change the shape of your teeth, or have a more even and bright smile, consider bonding or veneers. If you’re unsure which of these options is right for you, our friendly and insightful dentists and staff at Marlborough Dental Centre can discuss what your desired outcome is to determine which dental service is right for you. At Marlborough Dental Centre in NE Calgary, we offer both dental bonding and veneers as well as several other forms of cosmetic dentistry, so you can feel confident in your smile. To schedule an appointment at Marlborough Dental Centre, call 1-403-248-2066 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: How many sessions does it take to receive veneers or dental bonding?
A: Both of these cosmetic dentistry services are fairly quick, with bonding taking only 1 session and veneers taking 2; once for taking the mold and once for applying the veneers.

Q: How do I care for my veneers or dental bonding?
A: Taking care of your veneers or dental bonded teeth is the same as taking care of your natural teeth. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings are all great ways to keep your veneers or dental bonded teeth in top condition. Keep in mind that the porcelain of veneers and the resin composite of bonding cannot be bleached and if you bleach your teeth, they may no longer match the colour of these materials.

Q: How can I protect my veneers from damage?
A: Although veneers are incredibly strong, there are some precautions you can take to ensure your veneers stay in great condition, such as avoiding particularly hard foods like peanut brittle. Learn more by reading How To Protect Your Veneers From Damage.


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