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Bonding or Veneers – What Is The Difference?

May 24, 2022 / DENTISTRY
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Bonding and veneers have multiple uses, consult Dr. Dan Foresto who specializes in cosmetic dentistry in Windsor for any questions you may have about bonding and veneers. These two options are used to improve the look of your smile. Some of the main reasons people get bonding or veneers done by Dr. Foresto is to change the colour, shape, angle or spacing of your teeth and therefore make them look better and give you a healthy smile. Your dentist in Windsor can fix broken, cracked or chipped teeth, spaces between teeth or teeth that are discoloured. Cosmetic dentistry in Windsor is a valuable option if you would like to improve the look of your smile.

Differences between bonding and veneers

One of the major differences between bonding and veneers is the application by your dentist. Veneers are applied to the entire front surface of the tooth, while bonding is applied to a smaller portion of the tooth. Dental bonding involves a resin being applied to the surface of your teeth and then cured using a specific light source. Once the light has hardened the resin, Dr. Dan Foresto will ensure that it has been properly and securely adhered to your teeth. Veneers involve a different application process, and are more custom to your teeth.

Why you get bonding done

Your dentist in Windsor can complete the bonding process in one dental visit. They will assist with your cosmetic dentistry needs by using composite resin to:

  • Match to existing teeth.
  • Shape and look like the missing part of a chipped tooth.
  • Build up teeth and fill between them.
  • Restore a broken tooth to its original size.
  • Paint over a stained tooth to match colour with other teeth.

Veneers

Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain resin requires two visits to your dentist in Windsor, and does not stain or change colour, meanwhile composite resin only requires one visit. Your dentist will indicate which form of veneer is best for your current dental situation and inform you about the application process for each.

Veneers are not for everyone and only certain people in certain situations would be a good fit for them. Dr. Dan Foresto would certainly go over with you reasons why you would or wouldn’t be a good candidate for them. Some reasons why he may not suggest the procedure for you would include;

  • Tooth decay or if there is an area that has periodontal disease (gum disease). In this instance, these problems must be treated first.
  • A tooth that has little enamel left, a veneer will not stick to it properly.
  • A tooth that has too much missing, a crown may be another option.
  • If you are someone who grinds or clenches your teeth. This habit can chip or break porcelain veneers.

The best course of action if you believe bonding or veneers are something that you may require is to consult Dr. Dan Foresto and his team to work out the best treatment plan for you and your smile.

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