BioClear Vs. Veneers: A Comparison

So, you’ve made the decision to get a smile makeover and you’re ready to go big. You want a comprehensive improvement to the way all your teeth look when you smile. You are looking forward to finally having your best smile come through—but you’re stuck on one decision: “do I want to get veneers, or something less permanent?”

It’s been long-known that veneers give you superior results, especially when compared to less comprehensive techniques, such as bonding. However, with the advent of BioClear this has changed somewhat. BioClear can give you equally stunning results.


Both BioClear and veneers can correct:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked-looking teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Peg laterals
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Black triangles between teeth at the gum line

Veneers are Not Reversible; BioClear Is

Porcelain veneers look fabulous, but they are a permanent treatment that cannot be reversed. Once you get veneers, you can never wear your “naked” teeth again. In order to be securely bonded to the teeth, a layer of enamel must be removed, which leaves the teeth more vulnerable to the elements. For some people this idea is a turn-off. Of course, most veneers patients love their new smile so much they don’t want to go back to their natural smile, but it is something to consider.

If you have already lost enamel to acid erosion, for example, you may wish to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. It’s simply a safer option in the long-term. Veneers are an expensive treatment and you don’t want to put yourself into potential financial hardship in the future, should all your veneers need to be replaced in 20 years.

How it Works – The Process and Lifespan

Porcelain Veneers – When you get veneers, each veneer is individually fabricated to your aesthetic preferences and to fit your resurfaced tooth like a glove. This fabrication is completed in a dental laboratory, and the final products are sent to Dr. Eshom, who will permanently bond them to the teeth, one by one.

BioClear – BioClear is not a product, so much as a process. It is similar to cosmetic bonding in the base materials used, but goes beyond the “freehand” aspect of bonding. BioClear uses a clear matrix and flowable composite to create a more controlled shape for each tooth. The composite is contained in a cocoon-like matrix so it adheres to the tooth more securely and looks more natural.

Both BioClear and veneers have an average lifespan of about 10 years. Of course, will all cosmetic enhancements and restorations, the lifespan depends on how well you care for your teeth and how you use them. Veneers have been known to last multiple decades with cautious use, so this is one area in which BioClear and veneers are quite similar.

Cost and Correctability

When it comes to cost, BioClear is significantly less expensive than porcelain veneers. Veneers are hand-made in a dental laboratory, which takes a considerable amount of time and skilled labor. Because BioClear is completed 100 percent in Dr. Eshom’s office, the cost to patients is much lower. How much lower? BioClear treatment will usually cost 25-50 percent less than the same treatment with veneers.

Another thing to consider is how easy it will be to replace or correct your cosmetic enhancement should one of them become damaged or chipped. This may be of special concern to patients who suffer from bruxism, as this condition can be more damaging to veneers. If you have a tendency to grind or clench your teeth, your veneers are far more likely to become chipped, age faster and need replacement sooner. BioClear is easier to replace because they are easier to remove from the teeth, should they become chipped or damaged in other ways.

Let San Diego Cosmetic Dentist Dr. David Eshom Help You Decide!

Ultimately, both bonding and veneers will give you stunning long-lasting results. Both are excellent options for improving the appearance of your smile and giving you a self-confidence boost that will have far-reaching effects.

Visit San Diego cosmetic dentist Dr. David Eshom for a free consultation, and he will help you decide if one of these treatments is the smile makeover you’ve always dreamed about. Call us at (858) 455-9151 to make an appointment.

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