If your teeth need some work, your cosmetic dentist will probably suggest a few options, including veneers, crowns, and bonding. These options are often suitable for fixing a wide range of dental problems. For instance, teeth that are broken, cracked, chipped, stained, or have gaps.
But in order to select the best option, it’s important for you to understand the major differences between these solutions. Here’s what you need to know.
During a dental bonding procedure, your cosmetic dentist will attach or bond a tooth-colored material called a composite resin that helps to reshape teeth and fix any defects. The good news is this procedure can be completed in a single appointment. Besides reshaping chipped, cracked, or stained teeth, dental bonding can also be used to close gaps between teeth and change their color. This teeth repair solution can last for years, after which you may experience chipping that needs to be repaired again.
Typically, veneers are thin shells made from porcelain or plastic and are used to cover the front teeth. They are used to close the gaps between teeth and to fix teeth that are chipped, stained, or poorly shaped.
Besides being a more affordable alternative to crowns, veneers are very durable and color stable, meaning you’re guaranteed a great smile for years to come. However, they require up to three visits to complete the procedure.
That’s because your cosmetic dentist will first need to make an impression of your teeth in order to custom-make the veneers. The mold is then sent to a dental laboratory, so the real veneers can be manufactured. With the final visit, your cosmetic dentist will then attach the veneer to your front teeth using a dental adhesive.
Crowns are a dental solution used to restore the entire tooth and are often recommended if a large part of the tooth is decayed or cracked. Crowns are typically made from ceramics such as porcelain or metal alloys that contain gold or copper. While they’re more expensive than bonding and veneers, dental crowns generally last five to 15 years, so they’re a great dental solution.
During the procedure, your cosmetic dentist will first make an impression and, as with veneers, the impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the permanent crown is manufactured. In other instances, your dentist may be able to immediately fashion the dental crown using CAD or CAM technology.
There you have it! Now that you know the difference between these dental solutions, you’ll be in a better position to make the right choice for you.