Dental Bonding Materials A common alternative to veneers is dental bonding. Whereas veneers are hard, thin shells, bonding is a malleable material that is "molded" or applied in a thin layer onto the tooth and hardened to change the appearance of the tooth. This composite material is carefully matched to the color of the existing teeth and applied during one office visit. Bonding is considered a conservative restoration method since it is non-invasive and reversible, but it still provides excellent, durable results. Dental bonding can fix many cosmetic dental problems, including chipped, cracked, worn, discolored or slightly misshapen teeth. It can be used to fill small spaces or crevices between teeth and prevent gum recession sensitivity. However, bonding is not an option for large cosmetic changes or areas that receive excessive bite pressure like the molars. The Main Differences Veneers are usually permanent while bonding is reversible. Veneers require tooth preparation, including shaving down minimal portions of the natural tooth, whereas bonding is non-invasive and does not require the tooth surface be reshaped. For more information, visit http://englewooddental.com.