Bonding Vs. Veneers: Which Is Better for Cracked Teeth?

Bonding Vs. Veneers: Which Is Better for Cracked Teeth?

If your teeth crack from an injury or general wear-and-tear, you may experience pain when chewing or sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Bonding and dental veneers can fix cracked teeth, but which option is better? 

Robert Scott Nance, DDS, MS, PA, is a skilled endodontist offering high-quality dental and cosmetic services to help fix chipped or cracked teeth

What’s the difference between veneers and bonding?

Dental veneers are thin, porcelain sheets that Dr. Nance places and cements over your existing teeth to cover a crack or hide discoloration. To apply, he shaves off a thin layer of your teeth to allow the veneer to fit snugly. Veneers last about 10 years, but with proper care and maintenance, they could last for 25 years or more.

Dental bonding is the process of adding a layer of resin to your existing teeth. It’s a bit like clay that can be molded and shaped to achieve the right appearance. The resin hardens and is polished to match your teeth. Bonding is a simple procedure with results lasting anywhere from 3-10 years.

If you aren’t sure whether you should get bonding or veneers to fix a cracked tooth, Dr. Nance helps you determine which cosmetic treatment is better based on the extent of tooth damage, your goals, and your budget.

When dental bonding is better for cracked teeth

Dr. Nance may recommend dental bonding for minor imperfections in areas where there is not much biting force. Bonding is also recommended if you are looking to fix a cracked tooth on a budget as the initial repair costs less than a veneer. 

You should keep in mind that although porcelain veneers cost more than dental bonding, they tend to last longer than bonding. You may need to replace dental bonding more often than veneers, which adds to their cost over time.

When veneers are better for cracked teeth

When fixing cracks in teeth that withstand a lot of biting force, dental veneers may be the better option. Veneers are not invincible, but porcelain is more durable than bonding resin and holds up better in high-force areas.

If fixing cracks in your front teeth, veneers are often the better choice as they are stain-resistant. Though both bonding and veneers can be matched to the color of your surrounding teeth, bonding resin darkens over time while veneers remain resistant to stains from coffee, cola, red wine, and other dark foods and beverages.

To find out whether you should get bonding or veneers for your cracked teeth, call the office nearest you to schedule a consultation with Robert Scott Nance, DDS, MS, PA, or book an appointment online.

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