Bonding has a variety of uses in dentistry. Made of a tooth-colored composite resin material that is placed on the tooth and hardened, it can be successfully used to whiten teeth, repair chips, fill in gaps, lengthen teeth or change their shape. Though it is versatile, it does have some drawbacks compared to the other options for treating these issues.
Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth. By hiding imperfections in teeth, they provide the same improvements as dental bonding. Certain characteristics of porcelain veneers, however, make them superior to dental bonding.
Dental bonding is quite porous, and can become stained or discolored over time from consuming things such as coffee, tea and red wine. Porcelain, on the other hand, is very stain resistant, so porcelain veneers will not become discolored due to the foods you eat. Any surface staining that porcelain does acquire can easily be removed during a professional cleaning.
Porcelain is stronger than dental bonding, so veneers are less susceptible to damage from eating certain foods. Porcelain veneers will typically last significantly longer than dental bonding.
To learn more about veneers and bonding and find out which is best for your situation, contact our Los Angeles dental veneer expert to schedule an appointment.