The Differences between Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers

Toronto Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers

All patients want a vibrant smile. Common aesthetic issues such as chips, cracks, stains, misalignment, and general wear and tear on teeth can leave some patients feeling unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. At The Art of Dentistry, the practice of Dr. Weiss in Toronto, cosmetic dentistry options such as dental bonding and porcelain veneers can greatly improve the appearance of teeth. There are benefits to each procedure and a consultation with Dr. Weiss will help patients decide which treatment plan best suits their needs.

What Is Dental Bonding?

At The Art of Dentistry in Toronto, dental bonding is a procedure that is frequently performed on patients. Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin material on top of the natural tooth to repair certain imperfections. This procedure is an excellent option for the repair of decayed teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and discolored teeth. Bonding can also be used to change the shape of teeth, to close spaces between teeth, and to make teeth look longer. Sometimes, it can even serve as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that is exposed when gums recede.

What to Expect with Dental Bonding

Compared to other dental procedures, bonding is one of the least expensive. It also requires very little advanced preparation and can be performed in one sitting, at only 30 to 60 minutes per tooth! Unless bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth, no anesthesia is even necessary.

The dental bonding treatment process is relatively simple. First, the dentist will select a shade of composite resin that matches the color of the tooth. Next, the dentist will slightly abrade or etch the surface of tooth to roughen it. A conditioning liquid is then applied to the tooth, which will help the bonding material adhere better. The tooth-colored resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed until the dentist has achieved the desired shape. An ultra-violet light or laser will harden the material, and then the dentist will perform any final touch-ups. Dental bonding is usually recommended for smaller cosmetic touch-ups as the material used is not as strong as that of crowns, veneers, or fillings. Bonding material can sometimes chip and stain over time, so it often needs to be repaired after several years.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

At Dr. Weiss’ practice in Toronto, porcelain veneers are another viable dental solution for patients. Porcelain veneers (or dental veneers) are thin, custom shells of tooth-colored material that cover the front surface of the tooth. The shells are then bonded to the front of the teeth, ultimately improving their appearance. With porcelain veneers, the size, shape, length, and color of teeth are customized. This treatment option is highly recommended for patients with teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped or broken, misaligned, uneven or irregular, and can also be used to close gaps between teeth.

What Is the Dental Veneer Process?

Getting a porcelain veneer usually involves three trips to the dentist. First, the patient will have a consultation with the dentist. If the dentist thinks that veneers are a suitable option for a patient’s needs, then they will schedule the initial treatment appointment. At the following appointment, the dentist will remove about ½ millimeter of tooth enamel to make room for the veneer. An impression of the tooth will be made and then sent off to a dental laboratory for construction of the veneer. Generally, it takes one to two weeks for the dentist to receive the custom veneer from the lab, at which point the patient will go to a third and final appointment. At this appointment, the veneer will be permanently cemented to the tooth, polished, and any final touch-ups will be made by the dentist.

Porcelain veneers can be made to perfectly match a patient’s natural teeth, or they can be made in a purer shade of white to create a more vibrant smile. They are also stain resistant! Veneers typically have a lifespan of five to 10 years, at which point they will need to be replaced. Although veneers are more costly than other dental treatments, most patients are thrilled with the results of the treatment.

Learn More

Whether patients are interested in dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or any other cosmetic procedure, the staff at The Art of Dentistry is ready to help. Contact Dr. Weiss today and he will be happy to assist patients!

Related article: Porcelain Veneer Candidates