What’s the Difference Between Bonding and Veneers?

What’s the Difference Between Bonding and Veneers?

If you weren’t born with a celebrity smile, you can still get one. At Rozenberg Dental NYC, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City, Lana Rozenberg, DDS offers a full menu of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures, including bonding and veneers.

In this blog, Dr. Rozenberg breaks down each offering. 

About bonding

Bonding entails applying a composite or plastic resin to a tooth to improve its appearance. The procedure covers chipped teeth but can sometimes serve as an alternative to fillings or to fill in gaps. Bonding can also lengthen teeth shorter than others and slightly reform the shape of teeth that just don’t “fit” your existing smile.

The bonding process involves etching the to-be-treated tooth so it’s rough enough to take on a conditioning fluid that improves the resin or plastic adherence. The bonding compound is then applied and molded to match the shape of your other teeth. We then use a UV light to harden the coating.

About veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that fit over the front surface of your teeth to create uniformity in your smile. Veneers, like bonding, can fix chipped teeth, size differences among your teeth, minor gaps and misalignments, and stubborn discoloration.

During a veneer procedure, we file down the enamel of your teeth just a bit so that the porcelain overlay can fit. We take a mold of your teeth and send it to a lab to create custom veneers that match your teeth’ shape and coloration. Temporary veneers may be set in place in the meanwhile.

When the custom veneers are ready, they are affixed to your tooth or teeth with a special cement compound and the UV light for hardening.

Appointment length

Bonding is a much quicker process, taking just one appointment that lasts 1-2 hours. The application of veneers can take up to three appointments and is a more extensive process. Veneers can take 2-5 weeks before your process is complete.

Durability of bonding versus veneers

Because veneers are made of porcelain, they’re more resistant to staining than the resin or plastic used in bonding.

Veneers also offer a more comprehensive “fix” to your smile. They cover the entire front surface of the tooth, while bonding is only applied to a small portion.

Bonding is an excellent choice in the case of emergencies. If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, bonding can come to the rescue. If you have several teeth that need a makeover, veneers may be a better option.

Veneers tend to be a more lasting solution for a beautiful smile.

If you have teeth with fractures, chips, gaps, or discoloration or ones that are mildly misaligned, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rozenberg to discuss your options. 

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