Dental bonding and veneers: 2 ways to cover up spots on your teeth

cover up spots on teeth, santa monica, pacific palisades, beverly hills,  brentwood caDo you have dark spots on your teeth you are ashamed of? Do you hide your smile because you don’t want others around you seeing a darker tooth or issues with your mouth? If you do, you are not alone. Many individuals have slight dental issues.

However, if spots or stains on your teeth are a confidence issue, then you are in luck, as there are a couple of cosmetic dentistry treatments available for you to correct this. The two most popular options are dental bonding and veneers. Each provides you with a different look and method of correcting the problem, but either can drastically improve your smile and, along with it, your confidence. You just need to know which of the two is best for you.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is the application of a resin over the surface or around the edges of your teeth. It does not require any alteration to the surface of your teeth, it just gently adds to the shape of the teeth in order to conceal a flaw.

In laymen’s terms, it is like a thin caulk for your teeth. It can cover up stains and discolorations while it also fills in cracks, chips, gaps between teeth, erosion or even exposed roots due to gum recession. Generally, this is used for minor patches and corrections, but it is always best to discuss the situation with your dentist and see what they recommend you considering.

What are Veneers?

A veneer is basically a shield that is used to cover the front of your tooth. Because it replaces the entire front of your tooth, a layer of enamel is directly removed from your tooth, providing room for the new veneer.

As part of the treatment process, a digital impression is taken of the tooth in question so that the veneers matches the look and feel of your natural tooth. Once made, the veneer is cemented into position to ensure it does not fall off.

Which one is best?

There is no true answer to this, as it really just depends on what you are looking for and what your current dental condition is.

Both are able to treat stains and discoloration in teeth, but if you only have small flecks of discoloration, you might be better off going with dental bonding. Larger areas are typically corrected with veneers. For color issues with the full tooth, such as if a root canal was performed and the color is off, a veneer can correct this entire issue.

Both can also correct gaps between teeth, chips and cracks. Minor chips and cracks are usually corrected with the dental bonding, although it can depend on the severity of the crack. If the tooth is cracked all the way through and the dentist fears the tooth is at risk of breaking, than they are more likely to go with a veneer, as this provides a structural support system for the tooth in the front, and they can apply additional support towards the back of the tooth.

Understanding the difference between dental bonding and veneers is very important and it is something you need to look into before  you make any decisions. If you are looking for THE answer, why not take advantage of out complimentary consultation.