What is the difference between dental bonding and porcelain veneers?

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Both dental bonding and porcelain veneers are excellent options for making cosmetic improvements to your teeth. They are, however, two very different processes, both with their own distinct advantages.

Porcelain veneers are a permanent restoration that must be crafted in a dental lab. A small amount of your enamel must be removed in order for the veneer to fit properly. Veneers can be used to fix or conceal a number of cosmetic dental issues including severe discoloration, chips, cracks, erosion, and alignment issues. They are probably the most natural looking restoration option available.

Bonding is made of a tooth-colored composite resin (the same material used to fill cavities). The color of the resin can be shaded to perfectly match your own teeth, and most bonding will look very natural. Bonding can be used to repair almost all of the same concerns that veneers can. To perform the bonding, your tooth surface will be lightly etched, and then Dr. Narra will apply the bonding material to your teeth, shape it as desired, and then cure it. Once cured, the bonding will be polished so that it looks natural. Most bonding procedures can be done in a single appointment. Bonding also costs less than porcelain veneers.
 

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