Cosmetic dentistry: bonding vs veneers

Both dental bonding and veneers are a great way to enhance your smile by adding a change in height, colour, shape, width or length! Most commonly these are the two options that your dentist will suggest to you, however there are some key differences between bonding and veneers. 

Veneers

Veneers are digitally made after a dentist has shaped the proposed teeth to cover your natural teeth. Most veneers that are on the market are custom made, so that they suit each individual perfectly and look as good as natural teeth. 

Veneers are much stronger than dental bonding, and also very flexible. This means that veneers are less susceptible to breaking, cracks or chips. Veneers also do not stain or change colour, so they are much easier to keep clean and look after. Their lifetime span is much longer than bonding due to the fact that they are stronger and need less maintenance. 

Bonding

Bonding uses composite resin over teeth or a tooth to hide imperfections such as chips or gaps. Bonding is useful as a short-term solution for those considering veneers as bonding is not as strong as veneers and therefore require more maintenance.

Bonding does have some advantages over veneers, as they require less shaping of the natural tooth and are often about half the price. Bonding only requires one visit, whereas veneers often require 3-4. 

Bonding will unfortunately eventually chip and stain, as it is not recommended as a long-term solution. 

Regardless of wanting to go ahead with veneers or dental bonding, speak with your dentist who will be able to give you the best recommendations and advice for your personal situation.