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Dental Bonding Vs. Veneers: What’s Right For Me?

When dental patients want to improve the appearance of their smiles, they often look to veneers or dental bonding. While both treatments are similar in many ways and are often used to correct the same cosmetic issues, there are some major differences between the two procedures. 

The team at Nashoba Valley Dental wants you to be informed about all of your options, so here’s what you can expect from treatment with veneers vs. bonding:  

A patient enjoying her new veneers

The Pros And Cons Of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored dental resin directly onto your tooth. After it’s applied, Dr. Annesse will shape and sculpt the resin until it looks just like part of your natural tooth, restoring its appearance. 

Pros

  • Non-invasive – Dental bonding does not require any removal of your natural enamel or any drilling or numbing.
  • Fast results – You can often have multiple teeth treated in a single appointment, so you’ll get your dream smile quickly.
  • Inexpensive – Dental bonding is a very affordable cosmetic dentistry treatment, so it’s a good option if you’re looking to save money. 

Cons

  • Shorter lifespan – Bonding usually lasts between 3-8 years, so it’s not as durable compared to veneers.
  • Resin can stain – Proper oral care prevents staining, but the resin used in bonding can become stained if you don’t brush and floss properly
  • More fragile – Bonding is more likely to chip or become dislodged, compared to veneers.

The Pros And Cons Of Veneers

Veneers use tooth-colored dental prostheses that are designed to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth and enhance the appearance of your smile. 

Pros

  • Long-lasting & durable – With proper care, veneers can last 10-15 years or longer.
  • Stain-resistant & low-maintenance – Porcelain veneers will never stain, and can be treated just like natural teeth
  • Natural look & feel – The porcelain used in veneers is very similar to natural enamel in translucence and durability, so veneers look and feel very natural.

Cons 

  • Requires enamel removal – To have veneers, your natural enamel must be trimmed, which some patients prefer to avoid.
  • Expensive – Compared to bonding, veneers are much more expensive, so they may not be a good choice if you’re on a limited budget
  • Longer treatment time – It takes 2-3 appointments over a span of a few weeks to get veneers, which is longer than dental bonding.

Find Out Which Treatment Is Right For You At Nashoba Valley Dental

Dr. Matthew Annese specializes in cosmetic dentistry in Leominster, Harvard and Pepperhill. If you’re still not sure whether bonding or veneers are right for you, come in for a consultation right away. Dr. Annese will examine your mouth and help you decide which cosmetic treatment is the best choice for you. Contact us at (978) 425-9088 to get started, or stop by our office at 228 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464 to get started.

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