Porcelain veneers and dental bonding (cosmetic bonding) are both good treatment options for many common cosmetic complaints people have. They can both be used to correct small chips and tooth damage, build up small or poorly shaped teeth, or close gaps in your smile.

But understanding the benefits they offer can help you determine which is the right one for you.

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Porcelain Veneers Last Longer

Dental bonding can last a pretty long time, typically several years, but porcelain veneers tend to last significantly longer. Porcelain veneers will typically last ten years or more, and at least some studies indicate that nearly five out of six veneers may last twenty years.

Porcelain Veneers Look Better

Dental bonding is primarily plastic, and it retains its plastic luster. The initial polish on dental bonding does a good job of giving it a sheen like natural tooth material, but over time this can wear down, causing a return to the dull plastic luster.

Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are made of a ceramic material that has an appearance close to that of your natural tooth enamel, which makes them more attractive. Porcelain veneers can also get a more consistent color match than dental bonding.

Porcelain Veneers Don’t Stain

Dental bonding is somewhat permeable, which means that staining molecules can get in, resulting in discoloration of the restoration. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are impermeable to stain molecules, which means they don’t stain, as long as you take proper care of them–veneers that are scratched or damaged can stain.

Dental Bonding Benefits

Reading this, you might think that porcelain veneers are better at practically everything than dental bonding is, and you’d be right. But dental bonding does have some benefits that make them popular. First, dental bonding is less expensive than porcelain veneers. And dental bonding can be completed in a single visit, which can make them much more convenient. Dental bonding also doesn’t require as much preparation of your teeth as porcelain veneers, so there’s more natural tooth material left.

One last caution about dental bonding: it’s highly dependent on the artistry of the individual dentist, so make sure you’re working with a skilled cosmetic dentist if you are getting bonding.

To talk to a cosmetic dentist in Columbia, SC about these procedures and get personalized recommendations, please call (803) 781-9090 for an appointment at Smile Columbia Dentistry today.