Find out if dental bonding or veneers is the better cosmetic option for your smile.
If you are considering turning to our Owings Mills, MD, dentists Drs. Herbert and Harold Mendelson and Dr. Danielle Waranch for cosmetic dentistry you may be wondering whether bonding or veneers could be the best way to treat chipped, gapped or stained teeth. There are many ways for our team to help you achieve your dream smile. Learn more about dental bonding and veneers so you can decide which treatment will best fit your smile goals.
What is dental bonding?
Bonding is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure performed by our Owings Mills, MD, dentists to hide minor dental imperfections. Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin directly to the tooth, shaping and hardening it permanently, and then polishing it so that the resin matches the tooth enamel. Bonding resin can last up to 10 years with the proper care. It can also be applied in just a single visit.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers or porcelain veneers are tooth-colored shells that our Owings Mills, MD, dental team bonds directly to the front of one or more teeth. A veneer becomes the new outer surface of a tooth, making it possible to hide flaws throughout the smile while also improving the overall shape, size, color and alignment of your teeth. There is minor tooth preparation required to get veneers.
Which cosmetic option should I choose, veneers or bonding?
Many factors determine whether veneers or bonding is right for your smile, and our Owings Mills, MD, dentists would be happy to sit down with you to discuss which option may best suit your needs. There are several factors to consider that can help you decide which option is ideal,
Time: We understand that your time is precious. If you are looking for a fast solution, bonding can be completed in often just one visit to our office. Veneers can take up to a month to get, with about 2-3 visits needed from start to finish.
Treatment Goals: The issues you deal with will be a major factor in determining whether bonding or veneers is right for you. Those with minor chips, cracks, stains and gaps between teeth can be addressed with bonding, while anything that requires widespread alterations to the smile as a whole can benefit from veneers.
Cost: How much do you want to spend on cosmetic dentistry? This is another thing to consider. While veneers may cost more upfront they can last up to 20 years or more before needing to be replaced, while bonding, which is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry options, may need to be replaced more frequently.
Do you have questions about getting dental veneers or dental bonding from our Owings Mills, MD, dental team? If you are ready to have a more attractive and confident smile, then call Mendelson Family Dentistry today at (410) 356-4100 to schedule a cosmetic consultation.