What’s the Difference between Dental Bonding and Veneers?

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People wanting to improve their looks is nothing new. Many people want to change their appearance, and a lot of times that desire begins with improving their smile. If you want to make your teeth look straighter in Knoxville, or if you have imperfect teeth in Maryville, Crestview Dental Care has a solution for you.

Dental bonding and veneers are popular cosmetic dental treatments used to treat similar aesthetic issues like broken or chipped teeth. Or, to close gaps between teeth, make teeth appear straighter, or provide an overall whiter look to your teeth. While these two procedures deliver similar results, they are quite different. It is up to each patient to decide which treatment they would prefer, with the help and guidance of an experienced cosmetic dentist in Knoxville. If you would like to learn more about which option is right for you, just schedule a consultation with us at Crestview Dental Care.

Dental Bonding

Also referred to as cosmetic bonding, this procedure is what we call an in-house procedure because it doesn’t require a dental laboratory to fabricate the final restoration. Our expertly-trained cosmetic dentist handcrafts composite material that is bonded directly to the front surface of your teeth. There are a series of steps involved when bonding a tooth, but all of which can be completed in a single office visit in most cases. The durable material we use has a natural look to it, and it even mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. This means that you will have a natural look once done.

Dental bonding also is known as instant orthodontics because if you have slightly crooked teeth, but don’t have time or the money for braces, dental bonding can give you a perfectly-looking smile in no time! It may not be the best choice in every case, but its affordability and the fact that it can be done rather quickly makes it an attractive choice for some patients that desire a better-looking smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Another option for fixing similar aesthetic issues is porcelain veneers. Unlike dental bonding, veneers are crafted by an experienced dental laboratory technician. Porcelain is more durable and natural-looking, although most people wouldn’t even know the difference between the two materials. It’s more of a personal preference for the patient. Getting veneers requires at least two separate appointments spread out over the course of a couple of weeks.

The first appointment entails having your teeth prepared, which involves slightly filing them down on the front surface to make room for the final restoration. Because of this, veneers are not reversible. But, we think that you will love your results so much that you wouldn’t ever want to go back to the way your smile looked before! It is important to note, though that it may take a couple of weeks to get your final restorations. Keep this in mind if you have an important event coming up that you want to be ready for.

Dental bonding, and veneers both are exceptional choices for improving one’s smile. If you are unhappy with the way that your teeth look, or you would like to find out which treatment is best for you, just contact Crestview Dental Care by calling (865) 982-1700. We welcome patients of Knoxville and Maryville.