The Main Differences Between Dental Bonding and Veneers

An imperfect smile can hurt your confidence. Whether your teeth are misaligned or gapped, or you’ve suffered a chip or crack, a damaged smile can leave you feeling embarrassed. Luckily, there are many options available to fix cosmetic imperfections like these.

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are custom-developed for your teeth. Applying them to the front of your teeth can cover misshapen teeth, cracks, chips, and more, dramatically transforming the look of your smile. Another popular cosmetic treatment is dental bonding, where resin is used to cover and reshape imperfect teeth.

At Dental Illusions, dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both popular options to correct the look of your teeth and give you a more confident smile. Both bonding and veneer treatments can address cosmetic imperfections like:

The best cosmetic dental procedure for your teeth depends on your unique condition and your goals for treatment. Basil Moukarim, DDS, and his team at Dental Illusions, can help you choose the best option for your smile. Learn more about the main differences between dental bonding and porcelain veneers.

Dental bonding takes only one office visit

Dental bonding involves applying resin to your tooth and shaping it to achieve your desired look. With dental bonding, Dr. Moukarim prepares your tooth, applies the resin, and shapes it, all in one visit. He sets the resin and polishes it to complete your smile, and you don’t have to wait to improve the look of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers take a couple of office visits. At your first visit, Dr. Moukarim may take impressions or molds of your teeth. You’ll talk with him about the size, shape, and color of your new veneers, and they will be customized in a dental lab for you. Once your veneers are created, you’ll return to our office to have them applied.

Dental bonding is less invasive

Dental bonding uses a resin material on your teeth that is shaped to repair a damaged tooth and match the surrounding teeth. Dr. Moukarim lightly etches the surface of your tooth and applies a bonding liquid before applying the resin. There is little damage done to the surface of your tooth to apply the resin.

Porcelain veneers require a thin layer of enamel to be removed from the fronts of your teeth. Because the veneers sit on the surface of your teeth, removing a small amount of enamel ensures that the veneers sit flush with your other teeth for a perfect look.

Veneers are stronger and stain-resistant

Veneers are made from porcelain, which is a stain-resistant material. While natural enamel absorbs color from dark foods and drinks, porcelain veneers stay brighter longer. The porcelain also stands up strong to daily wear and tear. Veneers are resistant to chips and cracks.

Dental bonding uses resin, which is a softer and more porous material than porcelain. Resin acts more like natural tooth enamel and can develop stains. Additionally, it’s possible for the resin to chip over time.

With both veneers and dental bonding, maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine is still very important. Brush and floss your teeth twice daily, and be sure to get regular professional dental cleanings to keep your mouth healthy.

Veneers are longer-lasting

Porcelain veneers are a permanent cosmetic solution for imperfect teeth. Once applied, they’re durable and stain-resistant. It’s possible that your veneers can last between 10 and 20 years with proper care. For a long-lasting, beautiful smile, veneers are often a great option for many patients.

Dental bonding is not as long-lasting as porcelain veneers. Most bonding can last up to five years. After that point, you might need the bonding replaced or repaired. Though dental bonding doesn’t last as long as veneers, it is a popular option for many patients looking to fix a number of cosmetic imperfections.

If you’re embarrassed by discoloration, chips, cracks, or misaligned teeth, it’s time to take action. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Moukarim to learn more about the benefits of dental bonding and porcelain veneers. After completing an exam, Dr. Moukarim can help you decide which cosmetic treatment might be best to give you a beautiful smile.

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