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Dr. Arman Torbati DDS.

➤ Harvard & USC Graduate
➤ Associate Professor at USC
➤ Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
➤ Prosthodontist, Cosmetic & Implant Dentist

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Bonding Vs. Veneers: the Differences Explained

Veneers and bonding are two popular dental treatments that can not only treat cavities but also improve the look of teeth that are otherwise healthy. These procedures are actually very similar except bonding is applied to a section of a tooth while veneers are applied to the entire front surface of one or several teeth. Veneers and bonding can both be used to improve the appearance of your teeth by changing the shape, spacing, size, and color of your teeth and addressing issues like chips to boost your confidence and give you the smile you're looking for. Here's what you should know about the differences between veneers and bonding in Los Angeles.

What Is Dental Bonding?

Bonding is used to make minor repairs to the teeth using tooth-colored composite resin. Bonding can be used to build up a tooth after a small cavity is repaired, fill space between teeth, restore the size and shape to a broken tooth, or even "paint" over a stained tooth to restore its proper color.

Bonding is one of the most affordable dental procedures but it isn't a good option for teeth that are severely damaged as the composite resin can't withstand significant bite force and breaks down over time. A bonding can last anywhere from 3 to 8 years depending on the location. Bonding can be used as an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings or even to protect an exposed tooth root caused by receding gums.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers, like bonding, are used to fix common cosmetic problems like chips, gaps between teeth, and staining. A veneer can be applied to one tooth or all of the front teeth. Unlike bonding, veneers can last a lifetime and offer even greater versatility. Veneers work by covering the front surface of your teeth with a composite resin or, more often, thin porcelain shells. Veneers are used to change the shape, size, and color of the teeth to transform your entire smile.

Important Differences to Consider

Not sure which option is right for you? Here are some important differences to keep in mind when choosing between bonding and veneers in Los Angeles.

  • Porcelain veneers are very stain resistant but composite bonding does stain and the stains become embedded in the composite.
  • Bonding is a less permanent cosmetic solution that may only last 3 to 8 years but veneers can last decades as a permanent solution
  • Veneers offer greater protection because they cover the entire tooth.
  • Bonding can be done in a single office visit but veneers require two or three visits over a few weeks because custom veneers must be made from impressions of your teeth.

If you want to dramatically improve the color, shape, and appearance of your teeth, dental bonding and veneers are both good options that can produce amazing results. Your dentist can help you compare the two to decide which is the best option for you based on the specific problems you have and the number of teeth you want to treat. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Torbati in Los Angeles, California to develop a custom treatment plan.

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