Perfectly white, straight teeth are generally associated with celebrities and those that have a lot of money, but now it is becoming increasingly more common for people of all financial classes to invest in their smile. For the most part, veneers are well known to the world as a form of cosmetic dentistry that can fix uneven and damaged teeth. However, in some cases, individuals may find a more significant benefit with dental bonding. So, which one is right for you?
What are the benefits?
If you need an excellent option for fixing small imperfections on the teeth, dental bonding is a great option. Dental bonding can fix things such as gaps and chips. The bonding material, typically resin, is applied to each tooth and molded into the desired shape. For a chipped tooth or a tooth that is irregular in shape, composite dental bonding is the best choice. In some cases, bonding can protect the root of a tooth caused by receding gums, or it can even fix an isolated tooth discoloration problem. However, if you are looking for an exact color match to your existing teeth, dental bonding may not be as effective as a teeth whitening treatment, which might be another recommendation. Thus, helping you achieve the most natural look. Bonding is an ideal option for both upper and lower teeth. On the whole, dental bonding does seem to be the cheaper option between the two procedures when comparing bonding to veneers.
What makes these an ideal option?
Veneers can give you that picture perfect smile, just like the ones you see in a magazine. Veneers are used for many smile makeovers and are an excellent option for teeth that are severely discolored, misaligned, too narrow, and even for those that are too short.
A veneer is an extremely strong, but thin covering that fits entirely over the tooth. Taking a mold of your natural teeth to make the veneers, will ensure the perfect fit. While there are many types of veneers, the most popular choice in material is porcelain. Other materials such as high shine resin can be used and are often cheaper than porcelain. While there are many things you should remember about veneers, the most important is that your teeth and gums must be healthy before performing this type of treatment. Any root canal infection, tooth decay, or gum disease can all compromise successful completion of veneers. If you have had any of these concerns in the past, but they have been treated they and are no longer a problem, it is possible for you to proceed with veneer treatment. Ultimately, a consultation with our Lincoln cosmetic dentist would be needed to determine the best option(s) for you.
When trying to determine what may be the best for you, do know that when you choose veneers, it is a permanent procedure. What does this mean? Getting veneers, should not be something you decide on a whim. Should you decide to proceed with veneers, a small layer of the tooth’s enamel is removed and is therefore extremely difficult to reverse. Lifestyle, diet, and daily habits may mean that your veneers will need to be replaced every ten to fifteen years. If down the road, you decide veneers are no longer for you, you will likely require a significant restoration of the teeth, and that process will probably be very costly and lengthy.
What makes you a good candidate for veneers?
While money will undoubtedly make anyone, a good candidate for any procedure, other more critical factors will determine a person’s eligibility for veneers. What does this mean? First, you will need a consultation, to make sure all criteria are met such as healthy gums and teeth. A dentist will also likely look back at your history in search of other relevant information; do you grind your teeth? If you do grind your teeth, porcelain veneers may not be for you. The force of grinding can severely damage veneers.
Does dental insurance cover dental veneers?
Unfortunately, dental insurance does not cover the cost of dental veneers.
Veneers vs. Dental Bonding:
What are the differences?
The differences in bonding vs. veneers are pretty recognizable; here are a few of the most significant differences:
Materials. Dental bonding uses a resin that is tooth colored, and veneers use a high shine resin material or porcelain.
Tooth preparation. Preparing the tooth is a very crucial part of the procedure. With dental bonding, the teeth need to have a surface that is rough so that the material can adhere to the teeth, which is made possible by a specific solution. On the other hand, veneers require a more in-depth preparation process that will result in the removal of a thin layer of enamel. Removing enamel ensures that the veneers can sit on the teeth evenly.
Time. The time required for each treatment is another big difference. Since veneers are created from molds and are an exact match so to speak, they can take some time to perfect. Typically it takes two visits to complete. On the other hand, dental bonding can be achieved in a single visit because the bonding material adheres directly to the tooth and no mold is needed.
Durability. Veneers are more durable but do require more treatment.
Price. When it comes down to it, price, maybe the most significant difference. In comparison, dental bonding is generally the more affordable option depending upon how many teeth are requiring treatment. Sometimes, insurance may cover bonding if, for example, you accidentally chip your tooth. Remember though, all insurance policies are different, and what insurance covers for one person, they may not cover for you and vice versa. Veneers are typically the more expensive option and in most cases are deemed cosmetic. Also, veneers require multiple visits.
The bottom line, if you want to restore your smile, be sure to do your research. In the end, it will be a discussion between you and your dentist that will be most important. Aside from answering questions about the different procedures your dentist can also tell you if your teeth are good candidates. While neither of these procedures may be for everyone, one of them may be perfect for you. You really can have the smile of your dreams!
Dr. Sydney Joyce
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