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Teeth Bonding vs Veneers

If you’re unhappy with the color or shape of your teeth, there are two main cosmetic dentistry treatments you can choose from: teeth bonding vs veneers.


Both of these procedures involve applying a layer of material over your natural teeth in order to improve their shape and color. There are also some major differences between these two procedures, so this comparison will help you choose.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells that are custom-made in a lab to fit over the teeth. The most popular material for veneers is porcelain because of its incredible longevity.

It requires a few appointments during which the dentist prepares your teeth, takes an impression which is then sent out to a lab, and finally, applies the finished veneers over your teeth.

Pros of Veneers

  • Improve the color and shape of your teeth

  • Very durable and long-lasting

  • Entirely stain-resistant

  • Custom-made to fit you perfectly

  • Designed based on your specifications and desired aesthetic

Cons of Veneers

  • Expensive

  • Time-consuming process that requires multiple appointments

  • Slightly more invasive since they require that more of the enamel is filed away

What Is Teeth Bonding?

Teeth bonding is a procedure where a tooth-colored composite resin is applied over the surface of the teeth to improve their shape and color.

It’s the same kind of resin we would use for dental fillings, so the process is relatively quick. In a single appointment, the dentist lightly files down your enamel, applies and shapes the resin, and then cures it with a UV light.

Pros of Teeth Bonding

  • Improve the color and shape of your teeth

  • Affordable

  • Fast and minimally invasive

Cons of Teeth Bonding

  • Can stain and chip more easily

  • Require diligent aftercare

  • Have a shorter lifespan

  • The aesthetics of the final results depend on the skills of your dentist

What to Consider When Choosing Teeth Bonding vs Veneers

These are the main questions you’ll want to consider when deciding between teeth bonding vs veneers.

What’s your budget?

Veneers are more expensive than bonding in the short term. In the long term, however, the costs can even out because veneers last for so much longer.

What kind of longevity are you hoping for?

Veneers are quite durable and can last for up to 20 years without the need for replacements. Tooth bonding, on the other hand, will last for a maximum of 10 years, and will often require touch-ups or replacement sooner. If you’re okay with trying a temporary solution, bonding will be for you. If you’d like to solve your concerns for the long-term, you may wish to opt for veneers.

How much work will you put in?

Porcelain veneers are highly stain and chip-resistant. Taking care of them is no different from taking care of your natural teeth. Bonding will require very diligent oral care and regular dentist visits. You’ll also need to watch out for foods and beverages that can stain or chip your bonding.

Bonding and Veneers at Sparr Heights Smiles

Cosmetic dentistry is one of our specialties at Sparr Heights Smiles. We would be happy to help you restore the confidence in your smile with either treatment!

During a consultation, our dentist will be able to examine your teeth and help you make the final decision between tooth bonding vs veneers. Contact us today to schedule your appointment - a happier smile awaits.

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