What’s the Difference Between Bonding & Veneers?

added on: May 2, 2018
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Totally Transform Your Smile Style at Northcutt Dental

With offices in Hoover, Helena, Fairhope, Cottage Hill, Bay Minette, and Semmes, Northcutt Dental is well known for famously friendly family dentistry and transforming smiles for patients of all ages.

We wanted to talk to you about your smile. Is there something you’re embarrassed about or would like to change? Are your teeth chipped, worn, and/or discolored? The trusted, experienced team at Northcutt Dental has a solution that will work for you and take your teeth (and your confidence) to the next level.

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Life has a way of doing damage to your teeth, even if you’re diligent about regular brushing and flossing.  If you’re considering repairing or enhancing your smile, we want you to know that we’re here with you every step of the way.

Cosmetic bonding is an excellent way to fix chipped teeth and a smile that’s stained or discolored. Your Northcutt dentist can show you how bonding is the easy, affordable way to improve your imperfections. It can be used to fix a single tooth or your entire smile. We can also get rid of annoying gaps or spaces between your teeth, and use bonding as a filling to help keep your tooth roots intact and disease-free. Want to reshape your smile? Bonding can also be used to reshape your teeth too and it’s extremely useful in the event of a dental emergency.

Typically, we apply and sculpt the bonding material after placing a thin coating of plastic material on your teeth. To finish this fast process, your dentist will use a powerful UV light to solidify the materials and polish your new pearly whites.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers from Northcutt Dental are similar to bonding, but they take a little more time to complete. We generally recommend life-changing veneers to patients looking to fix crooked, broken, chipped, or worn teeth. They can also get rid of stains and discolorations, close gaps, and create a more youthful smile that dramatically improves your confidence.

Your dentist will bond thin sheets of durable porcelain to the front surfaces of your teeth for a strong, naturally noticeable transformation that’s customized to enhance your look. Most veneer procedures are completed in just two or three comfortable office visits. We’d love to show you how Empress® porcelain veneers from Northcutt Dental can completely change your smile and your confidence.

We’re also proud to offer Lumineers® to our family of patients. They provide dramatic results similar to traditional porcelain veneers but take less time to prepare and place on your teeth. Ask about the additional advantages you’ll get from choosing Lumineers® for your smile!

What’s Right For Me?

Every smile, every person is different so it’s important to talk to your dentist and decide how to proceed with your teeth transformation. While bonding and porcelain veneers have similar uses, they’re very different in terms of treatment time and application.

Veneers are generally less prone to staining compared to cosmetic bonding and are more durable. Bonding can be completed quickly and veneers will require more time in the dentist’s chair.

We hope you’ve learned a little about how bonding and veneers can help bring new life back to your smile. They’re amazing cosmetic dentistry tools that will improve so much more than just your teeth. Contact your neighborhood Northcutt Dental office today and tell us what you’re looking for. We’re happy to schedule a consultation with our talented team to help make the decision that works for your schedule and your budget.


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