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Bonding and Veneers: What’s the Difference?

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Teeth bonding and teeth veneers are two different types of coatings that, when applied to your teeth, make them look and function better following unexpected tooth decay, damage or simply a desire to improve one’s overall appearance.

Often, our Henderson patients ask us for our best dental advice regarding the difference between teeth bonding and veneers: which one is better, which one costs more and which one lasts longer.

The difference between dental bonding and veneers is a matter of choice and we are fortunate, in the Las Vega area, to have two great options to choose from:


Bonding is a procedure where a predetermined, colored, resin material (a durable plastic substance), is applied to your teeth. A “blue light”—which is nothing more than a LED light, is then placed on the resin-covered tooth and, within 20 – 60 seconds, the resin is hardened. Teeth bonding can lengthen, widen and brighten an existing tooth, or even fill in any unwanted gaps. Resin is the most popular substance used in teeth bonding because it easily fills in cracks and chips. However, over time, staining can set in, which is why continued, dedicated oral hygiene is a must. For extensive tooth damage, bonding can be more difficult than veneers when it comes to customizing teeth.

Veneers come in many forms, the most popular of which is composite veneers and porcelain veneers. Composite veneers involve a simpler process than porcelain, however, some people believe the finished look is not as appealing as the more expensive porcelain veneer. And, with composite veneers, staining and discoloring can occur, which is why it is always good to practice a dedicated, daily oral hygiene regimen. Composite veneers can either be created in your mouth or developed in a dental lab and applied later to the tooth.  With composite veneers, the tooth is not altered—except in the case of any teeth grinding that might be necessary. Unlike its porcelain counterpart, the treatment can be typically handled in one visit.   Overall, composite veneers are a less invasive way to improve the overall look, feel and function of your teeth and can maintain its look and shape long after the veneer has been placed.

Porcelain veneers are the most expensive option, however, our advice is, the results are worth the cost. The porcelain veneer requires more commitment, including multiple dental visits and some wait-time for lab procedures, but this process can create a better tooth for your particular teeth, especially when it comes to discoloration, chips and/or cracks.

The best advice we can give, when it comes to bonding or veneers? Make sure you work with a highly experienced dentist, like Dr. Joshua M. Ignatowicz. Equally as important as the dentist, is the dental lab who creates the teeth, and Dr. Ignatowicz only works with Las Vegas’ best.

Just remember, when it comes to teeth bonding and veneers in the Henderson area, this is a highly delicate and artistic process that must be performed correctly, to guarantee the look you desire is the look you receive.

Contact Dr. Joshua M. Ignatowicz at (702) 473-5100.

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