dental bonding vs veneers

dental bonding vs veneersMaryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN

If you have been researching how to fix your smile in Knoxville, you’ve probably come across dental bonding and veneers. While both treatments use high-quality dental materials and can fix similar issues, the biggest difference is cost.

Bonding is relatively inexpensive and sometimes is covered by dental insurance plans. Veneers, on the other hand, are purely an elective cosmetic procedure and you would be hard pressed to find a dental insurance plan that covers any portion of the cost. But, there are some other differences between these two cosmetic procedures that may help you decide which option is right for you.

Quick and easy fix for minor imperfections

Bonding is an ideal choice for minor imperfections such as a chipped tooth, or a visible gap between your front teeth. Dental bonding can fix these common cosmetic concerns, it’s got you covered – literally! Bonding material is a composite resin that is permanently adhered to each tooth being worked on, and the material is chosen in a color that best matches your natural teeth.

One of the biggest benefits of bonding is that it is done in-office, and does not require the need for a dental lab to make a final restoration. In fact, dental bonding usually can be completed in as little as an hour, depending on how many teeth are getting bonded. So, if you’ve got a special date coming up, schedule your dental bonding appointment today, and you will walk out with a new, confident smile!

Brand new smile

Veneers are handcrafted by a dental lab and made of high-quality dental porcelain. They can be made to match your other teeth, if you’re only getting one or two veneers, or can be made bright white to give your overall smile a boost.

Unlike bonding, which is ideal for repairing a chipped tooth, veneers work better on healthy teeth that need adjusting such as teeth that are:

  • Too short
  • Too small
  • Uneven
  • Crooked
  • Gapped
  • Discolored

Often times, patients who receive veneers are looking to improve the look of multiple teeth, and in these cases, all of the visible teeth are covered with custom-made veneers. Since veneers have a luminescent quality, they look exactly like dental enamel and will give you results that are completely natural.

Are there any drawbacks to either procedure?

At Cedar Street Family Dentistry, we don’t think there are really any drawbacks to getting either bonding or veneers because both procedures can help you feel better about your smile and improve your looks. Just know that both procedures involve the need to remove a slight amount of tooth structure, which means that the tooth has to be altered to make room for the restoration and ensure a tightly sealed bond. This isn’t really a drawback though, because you’re covering up teeth you weren’t happy with anyway!

It is important that after you receive cosmetic dentistry of any kind, to maintain a high level of oral hygiene. Be sure that you brush twice a day and floss daily to preserve your investment in your new smile!

Get a new smile in Maryville

If you would like to learn more about bonding or veneers or to see if you are a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, please contact Cedar Street Family Dentistry by calling (865) 233-7640 to schedule a consultation.

Cedar Street Family Dentistry is proud to serve clients in the areas of Alcoa, Knoxville, and Maryville in East Tennessee.