Are you unhappy with some aspect of the appearance of your smile? You’re not alone; millions of other Americans feel the same way. Now for the good news… cosmetic dentistry can transform the way your smile looks. Using state-of-the-art techniques and materials, Terry Soule, DDS, is making smiles beautiful on a daily basis through his program of cosmetic dentistry in Orange City. Two of the most popular and versatile treatment options in cosmetic dentistry are bonding and veneers. In this article, we’ll explore the similarities and differences between these two treatments.

What do bonding and veneers have in common? Versatility

Many of the same aesthetic flaws can be addressed by either type of treatment. These treatments can repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, broken, slightly crooked, misshapen, or differently sized. Either treatment also can be used to conceal an undesired gap between two teeth. Both procedures also are minimally invasive. Both procedures use beautiful dental material to hide these flaws.

Veneers are more expensive than bonding

Arguably the biggest factor that distinguishes bonding from veneers is cost. Veneers at Terry Soule, DDS, use dental porcelain. While this is a beautiful material that will resist extrinsic stains, it’s also one of the most expensive materials in all of cosmetic dentistry. Bonding, however, is considered one of the more cost-effective treatments in the field. If you have dental insurance, your provider may even cover a bonding treatment, whereas the dental insurance industry tends to consider veneers an elective procedure—and thus, not coverable—across the board.

Bonding is more convenient

Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to improve the appearance of almost anyone’s smile, but cosmetic work can be taxing if you’re impatient or needing to resolve aesthetic flaws in a hurry. This is because most cosmetic procedures take at least two appointments to complete, usually scheduled at least a couple of weeks apart. What if you feel you have an immediate need to improve your smile, such as an upcoming event like a reunion, wedding, or function where photos will be taken? If so, bonding could be the ideal choice. In many cases, your Orange City cosmetic dentist Terry Soule, DDS, can complete an entire bonding treatment in less than an hour. Our veneer procedures, however, require multiple appointments. At the first visit, Dr. Soule will prepare the tooth, take impressions that are used to prepare your veneer, and apply a temporary restoration. You receive your permanent veneer about two weeks later.

Veneers can produce certain results that bonding cannot

Brightening your teeth by just a few shades can make a dramatic difference in the look of your smile. A professional whitening treatment remains the most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry, but a whitening treatment won’t resolve the appearance of intrinsic stains. Even the most powerful dental whitening procedure needs to be repeated to maintain results. Veneers, however, provide the appearance of whiter teeth for the entire effective lifespan of the procedure—usually 10 to 15 years, as long as you maintain a good regimen of dental hygiene and routine dental checkups.

So, which should I choose: bonding or veneers?

Only you, together with the recommendation of your dentist, can answer that question. Both procedures have multiple advantages and can resolve many of the same aesthetic flaws. Your cosmetic dentist can help you make the decision; that’s why Dr. Soule prefers to meet with any patient pursuing cosmetic dentistry for a consultation before the work begins. Ready to learn more? Terry Soule, DDS, is now accepting new patients. Schedule a consultation by calling our office at (386) 775-1552 if you live in the areas of Orange City, Deltona, and DeBary in Florida.