Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are two cosmetic dental procedures that can transform your smile. Although both procedures may seem to be achieving similar results, it is important to understanding what each treatment entails, and its advantages and disadvantages, to determine which procedure is right for you.

What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are dental coverings, normally made of porcelain, that are attached to the outside of your natural teeth. Veneers are custom made to fit perfectly over the teeth of an individual patient. Minimal tooth enamel is removed to allow the veneer to fit snugly on the natural tooth. Veneers are placed to align or correct the size and shape of the patient’s teeth to create a more equal and balanced smile. They can also be used to whiten individual teeth where tooth whitening treatments do not yield the desired results, as veneers can be matched to any tooth shade.

The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • Look natural
  • Resistant to staining
  • Require minimal preparation
  • Not noticeable

The Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • The process is irreversible
  • Expensive
  • Not repairable
  • Once fitted, their color can not be changed
  • The removal of tooth enamel to fit the veneer may make the tooth more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is the use of composite resin to cover any imperfections, from discoloration to chips, on your natural teeth. The resin resembles a putty-like substance, which is color-matched to your natural teeth. The resin is pasted or molded on to the tooth and left to set.

The Advantages of Dental Bonding

  • No preparation of the tooth is required
  • The procedure can be done in one appointment
  • Easy, inexpensive solution

The Disadvantages of Dental Bonding

  • Not stain resistant
  • Better solution for minor imperfections and repairs, rather than a total smile transformation
  • Temporary fix

Are Porcelain Veneers or Dental Bonding the Right Choice for Me?

Your desired results will determine which is the best cosmetic solution for you. However, generally, if you wish to rectify just a few smaller imperfections, then dental bonding is the best choice for you. If you are looking for a greater transformation of your smile, then dental veneers may provide the best results.

We recommend you make an appointment with your dentist to assess the health and quality of your smile, and then make a recommendation based on your personal circumstances.