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Veneers or Bonding?

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Veneers or Bonding?

Postby selection1127 » Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:41 am

I have heard that you can get veneer OR have bonding put on your teeth to assist in making your teeth look better.

I am wondering how long veneers last and if you have to have them updated every so often. Does it hurt when they put them on? Do you only put them on the front teeth or the back as well?

Has anyone had bonding rather than veneers?
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Re: Veneers or Bonding?

Postby Lezza » Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:55 am

selection1127 wrote:I have heard that you can get veneer OR have bonding put on your teeth to assist in making your teeth look better.

I am wondering how long veneers last and if you have to have them updated every so often. Does it hurt when they put them on? Do you only put them on the front teeth or the back as well?

Has anyone had bonding rather than veneers?


Hello Selection,

Veneers can be used to make teeth look whiter, or to hide cracks, chips, or other damage to the teeth. For many people veneers seems to be the way to go to create a beautiful smile.

Veneers are a thin custom made shell crafted of tooth colored material designed to cover the front side of the teeth. There really is no hard fast rule as to how long they last, with proper care it seems that most research is showing that the porcelain veneers could last well in excess of ten years. The veneers might become stained, or discolored, from coffee, tea, red wines... Another important thing to know that having veneers placed is "usually" an irreversible process due to the removal of a small amount of enamel from teeth to be able to accommodate the shell... Your Dentist will have the facts on this matter....

Bonding is a very simple solution to problem cracked, chipped, gaped, or discolored teeth. Bonding material is painted on the teeth, it does not require any of the original tooth to be removed...

Take care, and happy and healthy smiles to you,
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Postby selection1127 » Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:44 pm

I think bonding would be the way to go for me then.. I would only want to change the teeth right next to my front teeth as they are a little smaller. I think the bonding could even thing out..

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Postby Lezza » Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:56 pm

If you are looking to close a gap, or even out, yes I agree bonding might be the best route for you... :wink:

My DH, and DD both have had their front teeth bonded and my DH has his done as a young child, and now 49 and the bonding is still holding...

My DD had hers done around the age 14/15 and now she is soon to be 25 and hers too is still holding, and that is even having braces herself and having them removed -- we were told by her orthodontist that when having her braces removed that her bonding might come off too, but it held, and is still holding, so cheers to the bonding solution to the problem, yes?... :wink:

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Re: bonding and maybe contouring

Postby Lezza » Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:23 am

jessica189 wrote:Hi,

What a great new board! I thought I might add to your conversation.

I had bonding done on my front teeth a few years back. I loved the result. But I also had cosmetic recontouring done at the same time. My dentist, Dr. Maddahi, took just a few millimeters off some of my front teeth to even out the look of my smile.

It was a small change, but it made my smile much more even.

It might be an option for you!


Hello Jessica, and welcome, nice to have you!!!

Thank you for sharing your experience this is how we all learn and know where to direct our researching, and know what our options are, again thank you!

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Postby traci46 » Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:05 am

I had my two front teeth bonded to close a gap and it was fine. Then I had my teeth bleached, so the bonding had to be replaced to match the whiter color. At some point I cracked the bonding on one tooth - my fault - so it had to be replaced. He didn't do it properly, so had to have it replaced once more. At this point the new bonding did not match the other tooth, so I am now going to have veneeers put on since nothing more can be done, This has turned into real money pit at this point, as have already spent so much already, now adding the veneers to that . My dentist is a very good dentist, by the way. Part of this was my fault. If you don't have your teeth bleached yet do it before the bonding. My husband had his bonded at the sme time, and this was years ago. His are still fine, although I think his would look beter if they were whiter. He doesn't care.
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Postby Lezza » Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:36 pm

traci46 wrote:I had my two front teeth bonded to close a gap and it was fine. Then I had my teeth bleached, so the bonding had to be replaced to match the whiter color. At some point I cracked the bonding on one tooth - my fault - so it had to be replaced. He didn't do it properly, so had to have it replaced once more. At this point the new bonding did not match the other tooth, so I am now going to have veneeers put on since nothing more can be done, This has turned into real money pit at this point, as have already spent so much already, now adding the veneers to that . My dentist is a very good dentist, by the way. Part of this was my fault. If you don't have your teeth bleached yet do it before the bonding. My husband had his bonded at the sme time, and this was years ago. His are still fine, although I think his would look beter if they were whiter. He doesn't care.


Hello Traci,

Thank you for sharing your story with us... Sorry you have gone through so much, I suspect you are gong to love your new Veneers, you will have a beautiful new smile... :wink:

Also want to say it's really nice to have you posting on the CD board, WELCOME!!! :*))

Happy smiles to you luv,
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Postby animalover » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:02 pm

I have had veneers which were put on about 7 years ago. That is the best thing I could have done!! :D I got them on my 4 upper front teeth. I have always had one crooked tooth and thought my front teeth were too short. I solved both problems with veneers. My teeth are straight, longer and whiter. Before the process, I bleached my teeth (from a bleaching tray made by the dentist) all the way so that the veneers could be the color of my teeth at their whitest which was very white.

I don't think they do back teeth with veneers. A crown could take care of back teeth, if you needed something there.

I have had bonding (after the veneers and bleaching) to fix a chip on another tooth and that has stayed on just fine though the colors are limited from what I have heard.

As far as length of time they last, I think it was about 10-15 years or maybe more if you take care of them. I have also heard that they do NOT stain. When I use my bleaching tray, I only do the "real" teeth. My veneers have stayed white. I was told that porcelain does not absorb stains like normal tooth enamel.
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Postby Lezza » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:07 pm

animalover wrote:I have had veneers which were put on about 7 years ago. That is the best thing I could have done!! :D I got them on my 4 upper front teeth. I have always had one crooked tooth and thought my front teeth were too short. I solved both problems with veneers. My teeth are straight, longer and whiter. Before the process, I bleached my teeth (from a bleaching tray made by the dentist) all the way so that the veneers could be the color of my teeth at their whitest which was very white.

I don't think they do back teeth with veneers. A crown could take care of back teeth, if you needed something there.

I have had bonding (after the veneers and bleaching) to fix a chip on another tooth and that has stayed on just fine though the colors are limited from what I have heard.

As far as length of time they last, I think it was about 10-15 years or maybe more if you take care of them. I have also heard that they do NOT stain. When I use my bleaching tray, I only do the "real" teeth. My veneers have stayed white. I was told that porcelain does not absorb stains like normal tooth enamel.


Hello AL,

Good to have you posting on the CD board, WELCOME!!!

Thank you for sharing your story, I'm sure you teeth are beautiful...

Happy smiles to you,
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Postby traci46 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:31 pm

animalover...I am so glad to hear about your veneers, as I was worried about having yet more done to these front teeth since I have already put so much money in them and was worried about how the veneers would hold up - colorwise and all, especially with the bleach trays. Right now I do not plan on doing this until late summer probably, as currently have too much going on.
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Postby animalover » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:05 pm

In the hands of a good dentist, you will be fine! Good luck and keep us posted!!
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Postby traci46 » Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:36 am

This is a very,very late reply, but I had the veneers done late last summer. It was an easy procedure, and I went to the dental lab to get the correct color match. I am very happy with them and wish I had done this in the first place rather than the bonding.
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Postby mlredo » Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:49 pm

I agree Traci. I have 8 veneers. It was by far the best thing I ever did for myself. It was worth every penny. (my dentist was reasonable also).
got my veneers in the heyday of the "hollywood white" teeth, my dentist really encouraged me to step it down a few notches. He felt the screaming white was a fad. He was right, I am so grateful for his advice.
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Postby traci46 » Sat Jan 26, 2008 3:00 pm

You are quite right .Mine are a nice white, not WHITE WHITE like so many are geting that look really unnatural.
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Re: Veneers or Bonding?

Postby bundles » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:00 pm

selection1127 wrote:I have heard that you can get veneer OR have bonding put on your teeth to assist in making your teeth look better.
I am wondering how long veneers last and if you have to have them updated every so often. Does it hurt when they put them on? Do you only put them on the front teeth or the back as well?

Has anyone had bonding rather than veneers?


I have veneers.

1. Veneers last extremely long and are even stronger than regular teeth. They do not need to be updated at any time, unless there would be some specific reason for it (you want a different shape, or have some condition that require them to be removed)

2. You will never have cavaties

3. If you chose your color (1-2 shades below the whitest) + dentist well your teeth will look 100% natural (I still haven't found a single person that can tell that 6 of my upper teeth actually are fake: veneers).

4. Forget about bonding. Bonding is only good for small chips, or to fill cavaties. It doesn't hold well for larger areas and cannot be made thin like the edge of a tooth, while veneers can be made paperthin.

5. They will always remain quite clean and the color you choose. Sometimes they get just slightly discolored and it only takes a dry brush with pure white toothpaste to get them shining again. Did you know dentists don't really care for the toothpastes with all the colors and stripes? Its the white stuff that does it.


And don't forget this if you decide for veneers:

You're teeth will be grinded down and are RUINED forever. There is no return after that. The enamel is taken off and the tooth is exposed and damaged from then onwards. It is then covered with a thin sheet of veneers that are stong. They are attached by a dental glue, a sort of super glue for dentists. Occasioanlly the tooth can losen, and is then only glued back again. Some people get too much of the tooth grinded down and have sensitivity from it, which can become permanent. If it becomes permanent you may have to remove the whole tooth and replace it with a crown....

Just worth to think about.
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