How Cosmetic Bonding Compares to Veneers

July 2, 2021 Grandville Dental Health Center

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Minor tooth imperfections can happen at any point in life. Whether you cracked your tooth years back or recently noticed a chipped one, it’s all the same. Still, there is likely an urge to fix the issue at hand.

You might be thinking your only option is to get veneers but sometimes the damage isn’t enough to warrant the procedure. This is where cosmetic bonding comes in. Cosmetic bonding offers a quicker, more affordable solution to chips, cracks, or small gaps in your teeth.

Continue reading to learn more about what cosmetic bonding can do for you.

Easy Fix For Minor Issues

Maybe you had a sports related injury or just bit down on a piece of candy a little too hard. You might’ve even had that space between your teeth since you were a kid.

How ever your tooth imperfections came to be, our cosmetic dentists are here to help. Dental bonding can correct gaps, cracks, chips, discoloration, or teeth that are irregularly shaped.

The goal of cosmetic bonding is to have the end result look natural. This is thanks to a shade guide used by our dentists and the application of tooth-colored resin. No one will know by looking at you that you ever had cracked or spaced teeth.

Remember that bonding is best suited for minor repairs. If the cosmetic restorations required are significant, our dentists may suggest alternative treatment.

More Enamel Preserved

Veneers and dental crowns both involve a more intensive cosmetic process. This often equates to more of your natural tooth enamel removed. If this were a contest, bonding would win since it requires the least amount of enamel taken off.

Tooth enamel is what you see covering the outside of your teeth. Made up of a high percentage of minerals that enable its strength, enamel protects the more sensitive layers of teeth underneath.

When enamel is removed, your teeth are permanently altered and changes are irreversible. Bonding, on the other hand, maintains more of your natural tooth structure while still fixing unwanted problems.

Cost-Efficient and Quick

A major advantage of bonding is how little time it takes to complete the procedure. Depending on the amount of teeth, it will take our cosmetic dentists about 30 minutes to an hour to make the necessary restorations.

Compared to other similar options, cosmetic bonding is also much less expensive. Veneers can be pricey and a bit excessive if you’re only looking to close a small gap or fix a chipped tooth. Bonding may instead be the right option for you.

Little to No Pain Felt

Dental bonding is less invasive and does not need much advanced preparation. Because of this, it is a relatively painless procedure.

Our cosmetic dentists will start the procedure by roughening up the surface of the tooth and applying a special conditioning liquid. This will help the bonding material adhere to the tooth.

The resin is then put on, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape before it’s hardened with a bright light. Afterward, our dentists will trim and shape the cured resin a bit more and finish by polishing it to match your natural tooth’s sheen.

Bonding is also used to fill cavities but there is a chance that numbing will be needed for this.

Let’s Talk Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you interested in pursuing bonding for yourself? Our cosmetic dentists in Grandville, MI, would love to discuss every aspect of the procedure with you so that you’re well prepared. Make an appointment with us online or call Grandville Dental Health Center today at (616) 531-0360.

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