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Bonding or Veneer? Which is a better option?


It is important to figure out the difference between bonding and Veneer. Both are dental procedures but have certain differences:

  • Bonding is done for emergency tooth repair like a fractured tooth or minor alignment of the tooth. Veneer on the other hand is made of porcelain and is much stronger.
  • Bonding is a procedure which can be carried out in a single visit but Veneering requires time and hence at least two sittings are a must.
  • Bonding is done with composite resign which is prepared then and there by the dentist. But for the process of veneering, the dentist has to prepare the tooth for the porcelain fitting and then the size is designed in the lab and also baked in the furnace. Hence it requires precision.
  • Staining of the composite resign is a common issue which develops in bonding but in Veneer, the procedure does not involve staining of the tooth and it is a near permanent solution in some cases.
  • Veneer treatment procedure is steeper than Bonding.

Though it is personal choice to select between the two procedures, yet at times the dentist can also recommend a procedure to the patient depending upon factors like age and intensity of the damage. Now comes the obvious question, Binding Vs Veneer.

  • Both are procedures of cosmetic dentistry which are meant to add a beautiful smile to the face. Veneer is recommended to people who are looking for a kind of permanent solution because the life of Veneer tooth or teeth is 15-25 years. In case of Bonding. The tooth or teeth can remain without staining for 6-10 years depending upon the lifestyle of the person. It is a well known fact that smoking and caffeine leads to tooth staining.
  • For veneer, porcelain is used to fix at the front of the tooth or teeth. For Bonding, composite resign is used. The individual has to decide for the procedure after understanding the difference and should ask queries to the dentist. Once the surface has been prepared for veneer, the procedure has to be carried out.
  • Bonding gets exposed to staining over a period of time unlike veneer which remains the same. The patient can thus make the choice accordingly.
  • The most important point here is that veneers look almost similar to natural teeth. But bonding may look a bit different, something like a white filling.

Nothing can replace natural teeth. No procedure in dental stream can do this. However, the procedures can makes the imperfections and restore the beauty of the smile on the face which can enhance the confidence of the person. Chewing hard objects should be avoided by people who have undergone bonding or veneer procedure.