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What Is Dental Bonding?


When you think of bonding, what comes to mind? Perhaps a nice campfire retreat with your family? Getting acquainted with your new baby? Well, when it comes to dentistry, bonding means something a little different. Dental bonding is a resin composite that is adhered (or bonded) to the tooth to repair chips, cracks, decay and discoloration on the teeth. It’s called bonding because the resin is literally bonded to the tooth, creating a natural-looking surface that is usually undetectable to the naked eye.


What’s the difference between bonding and veneers?

You may have heard some people refer to bonding as veneers and vice versa, but there’s a difference between the two. While bonding is applied and shaped right onto the tooth, veneers are created in a lab and made to fit the exact dimensions of your tooth. While bonding is made of resin composite, veneers are made of porcelain. Veneers are adhered to the tooth by first roughening the surface and then attaching with adhesive, while bonding is formed right on the tooth and hardened in place.

Veneers can take several weeks from start to finish, because they require a mold to be made of the teeth, then they must be created at the lab and finally shipped to your dentist and applied to the tooth or teeth. Bonding, on the other hand, can be done all in the same visit.

Why choose bonding over veneers?

Bonding and veneers may seem similar, but they are often used for very different reasons. For example, bonding can’t fix vertical fractures. It is also less permanent than veneers, because most bonds only last between three and five years, while veneers can last up to 20 years. Veneers cost a little bit more, but they also protect the tooth better because they cover the whole tooth. They also won’t stain like bonding will.

But bonding has its own benefits, too. For example, bonding doesn’t require the tooth to be cut back to accommodate the resin. Bonding can also be done in one visit, and it costs a lot less than veneers.

If you’re not sure whether bonding or veneers would be best for your teeth, speak to Dr. Simpson about which solution would best fit your lifestyle. She can help you come up with a treatment plan that gets you the look you want for the smile you’ve always dreamed of! To schedule a consultation, please call (910) 550-3959.

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