Veneers & Bonding

Veneers

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials that are intended to cover the front side of the teeth. They are designed to correct stained, chipped, decayed, discolored, crooked, or unevenly spaced teeth. Veneers are made by a technician in a dental lab and require a customized mold provided by your dentist to achieve a proper fit. Applying veneers can be an irreversible process because a small amount of enamel needs to be removed from your tooth to accommodate the shell. With proper care, veneers can provide a long lasting repair of an otherwise unacceptable smile.

Veneers

Bonding

Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored composite plastic material – called a resin – to repair decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored teeth. Unlike veneers, bonding can be done in one visit to the dentist. The resin can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Bonding is sometimes used as a cosmetic alternative to fillings or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede. Bonding can last for several years if properly cared for but the resin isn’t as strong as a natural tooth structure. Consequently, activities such as chewing on ice or pens can chip or wear the material over time, necessitating its replacement.

  • American Dental Association
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association
  • Berks County Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry