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Raleigh dentist reviews the advantages of using porcelain veneers versus composite resin bonding

Advantages Of Using Porcelain Veneers , Carl Mcmillan, Dmd, Pa

When Raleigh area patients are seeking cosmetic solutions to imperfections in their smile, they may be encouraged to consider porcelain veneers and composite resin bonding. Both can be used for most of the common imperfections in the smile such as misaligned teeth, spaces between teeth, chipped and cracked teeth, and teeth that are permanently stained. However, they each have advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Carl McMillan and the team of Cary and Cornelius Holistic Dental Centers can assist men and women in deciding which aesthetic treatment is better for their specific needs.


Porcelain veneers are facings that are custom made to match the existing teeth to blend in beautifully. They are bonded over the front of the teeth to change their appearance and disguise the problem areas. Composite resin bonding is a material that is applied to prepared teeth, shaped into place, hardened, and then polished.


Dr. Carl McMillan reviews with his patients the pros and cons of porcelain veneers versus composite resin bonding, and allows patients to make the most educated decision possible in regards to the beauty of their smiles. Here are some notes to take into consideration when choosing between veneers and bonding:

  • Dental bonding treatment is faster than the fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers. Dental bonding can be done in one appointment, while porcelain veneers require two: one for the preparation of the teeth and impressions and the second for bonding the porcelain veneers in place.
  • Porcelain veneers are made of ceramic, which is a strong and durable material. It can be made to match the color of the existing teeth for a more aesthetic appearance. Composite resin bonding may also be made to match the color of the teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers cost more upfront than traditional dental bonding, but they are considered a better investment. Veneers are known for lasting many years, while dental bonding may need to be replaced every few years.
  • Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining, while composite resin bonding can stain just like the natural teeth can.