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Difference Between Bonding and Veneers

Bonding and veneers are different forms of cosmetic dentistry that can fix the imperfections of your teeth and make them larger and fuller. Although they may create similar results, each uses different material, have different procedures and different costs. So which one is right for you?

What is Dental Bonding?

Bonding uses a material called resin that is matched to your tooth color and molded onto your existing tooth like putty to mask its imperfections. It is used to make chipped, discolored or short, small teeth look better.

What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are made with thin shells of porcelain. They cover the front of the teeth and are typically used to cover up gaps, hide misshaped or stained teeth, or to make the teeth bigger. Before a veneer can be put on, the dentist has to shape your existing teeth down in order for the veneer to fit. In order to make the veneers, a molded image is sent to a lab where they make the porcelain veneers that fit and match perfectly.

smiling mouth with veneers

Bonding vs Veneers

  • Bonding is an easier, faster procedure that can be complete in one appointment.
  • Veneers require three office visits over the period of several weeks to be completed.
  • The cost of bonding ranges from $200 to $700 per tooth
  • Veneers are more expensive and can cost from $800 to $2,000 per tooth
  • Coffee, tea, wine and smoking can stain the material used in bonding, especially a few days after the procedure
  • Veneers won’t change color over time or be stained by coffee, tea, wine or smoking.
  • Veneers have a translucent look that the bonding doesn’t have.
  • Bonding is best for minor repairs and imperfections
  • Veneers work best when making over a whole smile

Whether your dentist recommends bonding or veneers, neither are as strong as your natural teeth. Always be try to avoid biting our nails, opening packages or chewing on hard things like pen caps or ice if you have veneers or bonding.

Make an appointment today to talk to your dentist about veneers and dental bonding