Deciding Between Veneers Or Dental Bonding? What You Need To Know

If you have some cosmetic problems with your teeth that you want to fix, you have a few options in order to get it done. It is normal to have some confusion about the benefits of veneers and dental bonding so that you can make an informed decision about how to fix your teeth. Here is what you need to know about these procedures. 


The biggest difference between these two cosmetic dental procedures is the longevity of each one. Dental bonding uses resin material, which is similar to the same material used to fill in a cavity. The material can look very nice and convincing to others, but the material does chip and stain easier than porcelain. The material stains because the resin material is porous, so it is more likely to absorb properties that will change its color. All these factors can cause dental bonding to not last as long as you would prefer.

Meanwhile, veneers are made out of porcelain and have a much longer lifespan. The porcelain is incredibly durable, so it will withstand damage that would normally cause dental bonding material to crack. The surface is also solid, so the porcelain surface is less likely to become stained. This means that you will not have to get your veneers replaced or repaired anytime near as soon as you would with dental bonding material.


Dental bonding material does have limitations, and is best used for minor problems that you would like to have fixed. For example, fixing a single chipped tooth, or adjusting the color of a tooth that has become discolored. Dental bonding is not the best option for needing to make corrections to an entire set of teeth, or even just the upper or lower jaw.

Veneers will not have that limitation, since they can be used to correct many cosmetic problems. The porcelain shell will go right over your teeth and help them have the same uniform look. The veneers can help adjust many cosmetic things that bonding cannot, such as making teeth look slightly larger and close up the gaps between your teeth.

Still not sure if you should use dental bonding or veneers? Work with your dentist to figure out the solution that will work best for you. They are able to assess the specific cosmetic dental problems that you want to fix, and can help make a recommendation to you.