If you have a chip in your front tooth, you don't have to let it ruin your smile. Your dentist can repair it with a veneer or dental bonding. Here are some tips for deciding which option is best for you.
If you're on a tight budget, then dental bonding may be the best option for you. Bonding begins at around $100 per tooth, and the price of a veneer begins around $500. There is a wide price difference because of the way the two procedures are done. Veneers are made from porcelain, and the custom shells are made in a dental lab. This requires two visits to your dentist to complete.
Bonding is done in a single visit. The dentist applies resin to the surface of your tooth and shapes it to blend in with your other teeth. The resin is cured with a blue light so it adheres to your tooth. The procedure is not only less expensive, it is also done much quicker. This could be important if you want the chip …show more content…
It may not be necessary to remove any of your enamel at all when you get dental bonding. When you get a veneer, a layer of enamel has to be shaved off so the porcelain shell fits into place. That means you'll need to contend with the sound of a dental drill and maybe even an anesthetic injection if you have sensitive teeth.
When you get a tooth bonded, the dentist applies an acid to your enamel that makes it rough so the resin sticks better. The resin is applied and allowed to dry. The dentist may need to use a drill for a short time to even out the edges of the resin once it has dried, but your actual tooth won't be drilled. Because there is no pain, there is no need for an injection in your mouth. So even if you have a dental phobia, you should be able to tolerate dental