What is the difference between dental bonding and porcelain veneers?
Both dental bonding treatment and porcelain veneers can enhance the smile by masking dental flaws, like tooth discoloration, irregularly shaped teeth, and gaps between the teeth, making them a great option for improving the smile's appearance. Although they may be used to address similar dental issues, there are some differences to be aware of when deciding which treatment is right for your needs. They include:
- Materials used: The biggest difference between dental bonding and porcelain veneers are the materials used. Porcelain veneers are made of porcelain molded from impressions of the teeth. Dental bonding treatment uses a soft tooth-colored resin that is applied and shaped directly on the teeth.
- Treatment time: Because porcelain veneers are made from impressions of the teeth, treatment takes longer than dental bonding. Porcelain veneers typically require two dental appointments whereas dental bonding treatment may be completed in a single visit.
- Tooth preparation: The teeth are prepared differently before porcelain veneers treatment or dental bonding can take place. With dental bonding, the surface of the teeth is made porous through the application of a special solution. This helps the bonding material adhere to the teeth. With porcelain veneers, a thin layer of the enamel is removed from the teeth to make room for the porcelain veneers to sit evenly over the teeth.
- Long-term results: Both treatments provide long-lasting results, however, porcelain veneers are typically more durable than dental bonding.