Bonding & Veneers, Smile Africa - Dental Clinic in Nairobi Kenya

Both are materials used to correct teeth damages or imperfections in order to give you a better smile. Although they perform the same functions, there are different procedures used for each. The cost and the materials used are also different.

What is Dental Bonding?

This is a technique where dentists use resin to conceal imperfections on teeth. Resin is made from material that resembles putty. The doctor can therefore mold and shape it such that it resembles a real tooth. Its color is the same as that of teeth. Any skilled dentist can apply dental bonds by hand without the aid of equipment. Mainly, this cosmetic dentistry procedure is aimed at making short, discolored or chipped teeth look near perfect. Another use of bonding is in the protection of roots that have been exposed following recession of teeth.

Merits of Dental Bonding

  • It involves an easy method of application.
  • The procedure takes only a short time.
  • In terms of cost, it is less expensive than having veneers.

Shortcomings

  • The resin used in dental bonding can get stained through smoking and consumption of drinks such as wine, tea and coffee.
  • Bonding is only ideal in cases where a patient’s teeth require minor repairs.

What are Veneers?

A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that is used to cover the front of a tooth. It looks like an artificial finger nail. Veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry procedures to conceal stained, crooked or misshapen teeth. They also come in handy in cases where a patient has visible gaps between his/her teeth. These gaps are covered using veneers.

Merits of veneers

  • Each set of veneers is made out of the way a patient’s teeth sit. There are no two identical sets. Therefore, one cannot differentiate between them and natural teeth.
  • Veneers are transparent and resemble natural teeth.
  • Their color does not change and they do not get stained by tea coffee, wine or tobacco.

Shortcomings

  • The only disadvantage found in the use of veneers is that they are expensive.

Maintaining dental bonding and veneers

The strength of materials used in these two dental procedures cannot be compared to that found in teeth naturally. In order for you to keep your veneers or bonding material on your teeth for a longer period of time, you should avoid the following:

  • Biting your fingernails
  • Opening soda or beer bottles with your teeth
  • Chewing the tops or ends of biro pens
  • Cracking hard nuts and other objects

Doing so will result in the veneers or dental bonding falling or chipping off. The good news is that you don’t have to change how you brush or floss your teeth. If you take proper care of dental bonding, it can last for up to five years. On the other hand, veneers have a 15 year life expectancy. Some last even longer.

If you are seeking to have restorative dentistry, the best thing is to visit a dentist and be examined. From here, you will be advised on which procedure suits you best. A dentist will also explain each procedure in detail.