Santa Monica Cosmetic Dentist Explains Key Attributes of Dental Bonding and Veneers

by Dr. Follette | Date Published: 2016-09-13

Our Santa Monica cosmetic dentists believe that making good dental decisions is all about having quality information on which to base your decisions. If you have been considering cosmetic treatment, here is some more information about two popular treatments, veneers and dental bonding. Let’s get started!

What are these respective treatments made out of?

Veneers are crafted from porcelain that is custom-shaded to suit the patient. Dental bonding is done with composite resin—this material starts off soft and malleable, and then hardens when we cure it. Both of these materials are personalized in shape, shade, and size, and look exceptionally natural once applied.

How long does the application process take?

The dental veneers’ treatment process generally takes only two or three dental appointments to complete. Dental bonding is done in just one day.

What is it like to live with veneers or dental bonding?

Both of these treatments are designed to fit in with your daily life. You’ll be able to eat and drink your favorite things veneers and bonding in place. In order to care for your smile, you’ll brush, floss, and complete professional cleanings as normal. One thing to consider is that veneers, if damaged, do need to be replaced, while dental bonding can be repaired.

What are the cost considerations?
Dental bonding is significantly less expensive than individual porcelain veneers. The specific cost of your treatment will depend on the current state of your smile, as well as the extent of the transformation you’d like to achieve.

Porcelain veneers and composite dental bonding are two great treatment options for patients who want to improve their dental aesthetics. As always, our Santa Monica dental team is here to answer any questions that you may have, so that you can make the best treatment decisions for your smile.