Porcelain veneers vs. composite resin

attractive asian middle aged smilingBoth porcelain veneers and composite resin dental bonding are great options for improving the smile. However, there are a few key differences between the two procedures. Drs. Gary and Ashley McDowell in Abington, PA work with patients who would like to enhance their smile to educate them on the pros and cons of each. If you are interested in either of these procedures, it’s a good idea to compare the two to decide which is best for your unique needs.

Comparing porcelain veneers vs. composite resin bonding

Below are just a few of the ways in which these two treatments differ:

Porcelain veneers:

  • Are typically more expensive than composite resin bonding
  • Require a bit more tooth preparation than composite resin bonding
  • Can last up to 10 years or longer with proper care
  • May not be ideal for treating smaller teeth or teeth with thin enamel
  • Are resistant to staining, which means fewer replacements

Composite resin bonding:

  • Is typically less expensive than creating and placing porcelain veneers
  • Does not require as much tooth preparation as porcelain veneers, providing a more conservative treatments that maintains more natural tooth enamel and structure
  • Typically lasts 3 to 5 years with proper care, though is susceptible to staining
  •  Is a good option for treating smaller teeth or teeth with thin enamel
  • Is placed and finished in a single appointment, versus several appointments to fabricate and place veneers

Which one is best for me?

Comparing porcelain veneers and composite resin bonding is a great way to help educate yourself and determine which one might be most appropriate for your unique needs. You will want to take into consideration many factors such as time, lifestyle, and budget to decide which one may be the smarter choice for you. Our dental team has years of experience and can assist you in making the right choice for your unique oral health situation.

How do I find out more?

Drs. Gary and Ashley McDowell are quality dentists in the Abington, PA area and can assist both new and returning patients with cosmetic solutions for the smile. If you live in the area and want to talk to him about your needs, call the office at 215-885-0555 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation appointment.

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Yes! After our long tenured residence at the Tempenns building, McDowell Dental Group will be relocating. In addition to the move we are changing our name to McDowell Dental & Aesthetics. Don’t worry, even though there are a lot of changes happening we are still committed to providing our patients with the same valued care we always have. Lead by Dr. Ashley McDowell the office will bring additional focus to cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics along with all general dentistry services. Dr. Ashley has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a state of the art practice utilizing the best equipment and latest technologies. We are so excited for everyone to see and enjoy our new office.


Starting Monday, November 20th we will be seeing patients at:

1077 Rydal Road
Suite 300
Rydal, PA 19046


It is located just a short distance from our current office. The building has a spacious parking lot and an elevator for ease of travel. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new location!

McDowell Dental & Aesthetics Team