- Veneers – Veneers are very thin prosthetic “facings” that are made of porcelain, fabricated in the dental lab. They can cover up the appearance of crowded or spaced teeth as well as reshape teeth that have imperfect sizing or color. Within the fabrication process, Dr. Van will customize the design to specific dimensions, characteristics and color to appear seamless and natural. This design is sent to a dental lab for the veneer to be produced.
- Dental bonding – Dental bonding is technique that is done within an office visit and involves a composite resin material. In this process, Dr. Van will hand-sculpt the resin to restore a tooth's shape, size, and appearance.
While they are different procedures, both veneers and bonding are intended to cover up flaws in smiles.
- Overall cost – Dental bonding is a less expensive option compared to porcelain veneers. The procedure takes less time and doesn’t involve a dental lab. Veneers are are higher priced as the procedure is more technique-sensitive and the porcelain material is more costly.
- Durability & longevity – Porcelain veneers are built to last longer than dental bonding because the material is stronger. The porcelain is completely impervious to stains. In contrast, bonding usually lasts a few years, and the material used for bonding can darken over time.
- Treatment time – Dental bonding can be completed in one visit whereas veneers will be completed in two visits.
- Versatility – Dental bonding is considered to be an instant solution for limited situations whereas veneers can solve a wider range of teeth issues.
- Appearance – Since the color of porcelain is created in different layers, veneers will appear more natural and seamless. The color of the resin used in bonding techniques is monochromatic and may appear dull and not as lifelike.
Dr. Nicole Van is an experienced cosmetic dentist in McLean that has worked extensively with both dental veneers and bonding. To learn more about options to create an amazing smile, call us at (703)556-0091 to schedule a consult.