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A Look at Veneers, Bonding and Crowns

The average patient does not understand exactly how dental crowns differ from dental veneers and bonding. There are meaningful differences between these three forms of dental restoration. In some cases, dental veneers are the best option while crowns or bonding will prove optimal in other situations.


Dental veneers are incredibly thin pieces of porcelain shaped just like teeth. Veneers fit right over the front portion of the teeth to make onlookers think you have beautiful white teeth that are completely natural. Veneers are perfect for beautifying chompers that are discolored, crooked, pitted, chipped or malformed. In fact, veneers can even conceal those undesired gaps between teeth.

While veneers are not the perfect dental health solution for every patient, the average patient will find them to be quite helpful at some point in life simply because fillings eventually stain, teeth chip, spaces develop between teeth and some chompers simply cannot be bleached.


Part of the appeal of dental veneers is they do not mandate any removal of the tooth structure. A dental lab will create custom veneers to a mold of the patient's teeth from the dentist. They will ensure the hue matches the shade of the surrounding teeth. The dentist will need to file down the teeth fit them with temporaries while the lab constructs the veneers.

Once ready, the veneers are cemented onto the teeth and subsequently polished for the natural smile of your dreams. Veneers are quite strong. They typically last longer than bonding yet the veneer creation and application process takes some time. Add in the fact that veneers do not stain and do not cost as much as crowns and it is easy to understand why they are so popular.


Dental bonding is optimal for those who have damaged, cracked, chipped, discolored or misshapen teeth. Teeth that are too short can also benefit from bonding that makes them look longer. Dental bonding also protects an exposed segment of the tooth root since the gums gradually recede. In some cases, bonding serves as a sufficient cosmetic alternative to silver fillings. Fortunately, minimal preparation is necessary for bonding.

The dentist will only use anesthesia if bonding is necessary to fill decayed teeth. The professional will need to roughen the tooth surface before adding the conditioning liquid. Such procedures make it easier for the bonding to stick to the tooth. Then, it is time to apply a resin similar to putty and mold it into the correct shape. An ultraviolet laser/light hardens the bonding The dentist trims and polishes the bonding to perfection.


Dental crowns are restorations that one applies to teeth to restore function and form. The restorations cover the tooth in instances when conservative restorations will not suffice. Crowns and bridges consist of:

Crowns are ideal to improve aesthetic beauty and restore the tooth's functionality. If the tooth in question has a large filling that breaks down, then a dental crown will serve the purpose of safeguarding and preserving the leftover tooth. It is also possible to position a tooth-colored crown below a metal or porcelain crown to beautify your smile.

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