Chapel Hill Dentist Breaks Down The Similarities And Differences Of Veneers And Dental Bonding

by Dr. Diane Hourigan | Date Published: 2017-05-09

One of the most important things that our Chapel Hill dentists do is to help patients evaluate all of their treatment options. We know that the intricacies of various dental treatments can be downright overwhelming, which is why we work so hard to guide our patients through the world of restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Today we are going to be talking about two popular and versatile treatments that we frequently utilize: dental bonding and porcelain veneers. Keep reading to learn more about how these treatments are similar and how they differ.

Uses

Dental veneers and bonding are used to achieve similar results. You can use these treatments to close gaps between your teeth, make poorly aligned teeth appear straighter, resurface and brighten dark enamel, and correct irregularities and damage in the enamel.

Materials

Dental veneers are individual thin restorations that are crafted from porcelain. Porcelain is durable and luminous material that mimics the aesthetic qualities of natural enamel. Bonding, on the other hand, uses composite resin. When the resin is first applied to the tooth it is soft and malleable; once it is in place and perfect our team cures it so that it hardens and bonds to the tooth.

Timeline

The dental bonding process can be completed in just one appointment. Generally, dental veneers take two to three appointments so that our team is able to refine the fit of the restoration before we permanently attach it.

Costs

Dental veneers are more expensive than dental bonding. The exact cost of your treatment will depend on the current state of your smile as well as the results you want to achieve.

When you come in for a personal consultation with our team, we will be able to give you further guidance on what kind of treatment might be right for you. Please feel free to reach out to our Chapel Hill dentists by phone or through the Contact Us page on our website!