Bonding & Veneers

Smiling and satisfied patient in a dental office after treatment

If you want a brighter and bigger smile, bonding or veneers may be right for you. In bonding, a composite resin, or plastic, is placed over a cracked, discolored, or decayed teeth. Veneers, on the other had, are are made in a lab to fit your teeth perfectly. Usually, bonding is a quicker and cheaper option compared to veneers; however, bonding is not as strong as veneers. Here is some information about how bonding or veneers may help you get the smile that you have always wanted.

What is Bonding?

If you have a cracked, discolored, or decayed tooth, Dr. Ruiz may use bonding to fix your smile. During your visit, you will find the tooth shade that matches your natural teeth the best. Then, Dr. Ruiz will scrape the tooth where the bond will be placed. This makes it easier for the bond to attach. Next, she will place glue to the bond and attach it to your tooth. After this, she will shape the bonded tooth to match your smile. This process can take about 30 minutes per tooth. After the tooth has been bonded, avoid tea, coffee, and cigarette smoke to avoid staining.

What are Veneers?

Just like bonding, dental veneers can cover up cracked, discolored, or decayed teeth. Although, compared to dental bonding, dental veneers are stronger and more customized to the patient’s teeth. Veneers can be placed in two visits to Rightway Dental. In the first visit Dr. Ruiz and her team will take an impression of the tooth. That will be sent to a lab where the veneer will be made for your tooth. Then, it is time to place your new tooth! In your second visit, Dr. Ruiz will bond the veneer to your tooth. Unlike bonding, veneers are usually not taken off because when they are placed, enamel must be stripped.

Bonding vs. Veneers

If you are looking for a permanent solution to cover-up issues on your smile, Veneers may be the solution. Patients may also choose veneers over bonding if they want to create an entire smile makeover rather than changing a few teeth. One con is that this option can take more time and money to prepare than bonding. Many patients that are looking for a fast fix. These patients may chose bonding. This solution can give give you the smile you want in for less time and cost. Although, bonding is made of a plastic, which is not as strong and does not last as long as porcelain. With good oral care, veneers can last up to 15 years while bonding usually lasts up to 10 years. Additionally, the plastic solution is thinner than porcelain and may not cover darker teeth. In this case, you may choose veneers.

Both bonding and veneers can give your smile a new, beautiful look while covering-up decayed, discolored, and cracked teeth. For more information about cosmetic treatment or to plan your next visit at Rightway Dental, call us at (281)-232-1801, today! We look forward to visiting with you.