Dental Bonding vs Veneers: Which One Is Right For You?

dental bonding vs veneers

People with nice teeth are perceived as smarter, more successful, and happier than people who have imperfect smiles. You're more likely to get an interview, a job, and even a second date if you have perfect pearly whites. 

As upsetting as it may be, having flawed teeth can hold you back in many aspects of your life. Luckily, there are tons of options when it comes to perfecting your smile, including veneers and dental bonding. 

To weigh the pros and cons of dental bonding vs veneers, you should learn everything there is to know about both. Keep reading to learn the difference between veneers and bonding, and which option is the best for your needs. 

Dental Bonding vs Veneers

Dental bonding and veneers both aim to fix cosmetic imperfections such as stains, gaps, or chips in your teeth. While they have similar results on your smile, the processes differ greatly.

When receiving dental bonding, your dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin to your teeth. The resin is then cured in place using a high-intensity light. 

Without any complications, dental bonding can be completed in one appointment. 

Veneers are custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are placed on the front of your teeth. These thin pieces are often made of porcelain and are bonded to your teeth using resin-like, mild chemicals.

Because they are customizable, it may take two or three visits to the dentist to fully install dental veneers. 

Dental Bonding Options

You have two different options when it comes to dental bonding. You can either get direct bonding or indirect bonding. 

Direct dental bonding uses tooth-colored resin to improve the shape, color, and function of your teeth. This is the quickest dental bonding procedure available. 

Indirect bonding is the use of putty-like bonding material to attach a filling onto your tooth. The filling adheres with a high-intensity light, and the process can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour.

Because indirect bonding requires a mold of the tooth or teeth that need restoring, two appointments are necessary. One appointment before the procedure is needed to fit the filling or dental inlay to your teeth.


The way you want your teeth to look should be taken into account when deciding on teeth bonding vs veneers. Because these procedures vary greatly, the outcomes can be a little different. 

If you're mostly looking to fix a stain on your teeth, veneers may be a better option for you. The porcelain used to cover your teeth is stain-resistant so no amount of food, beverages, or chemicals will discolor the veneers.

On the other hand, the resin used in dental bonding can be stained by drinking tea, coffee, or red wine. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also stain the resin used in dental bonding.

If you're looking to fix cracks, chips, or gaps in your teeth, you may want to choose dental bonding over veneers. Because the bonding can be shaped and fixed to your teeth like clay, it's easier to get a more natural look than you would with the porcelain shells of dental veneers.

Veneers are also shinier than dental bonding resin. While both materials look natural, it may be best to consult a dental professional to find out what procedure would look best amongst your natural teeth.


Around 36% of the population have fears associated with visiting the dentist's office. Even if you don't fear the dentist, likely, the dentist's office isn't high on your list of places you want to visit often. 

When you get a cosmetic procedure involving your teeth, you want it to last as long as possible. Not only do you want the best bang for your buck, but you also don't want to be hassled by countless appointments. 

Porcelain is a very durable material. Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 25 years depending on how well you take care of them. 

On average, dental bonding can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years. Again, it all depends on how well you take care of your teeth. 

When you get veneers or dental bonding, avoid eating foods like apples or pears without cutting them up first. Avoid chewing sticky foods like caramel and taffy.

Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, and floss to avoid plaque build-up on your veneers or bonding. Be sure to schedule regular appointments with your dentist to get your teeth cleaned. 

Preparation and After-Care

The preparation for veneers is more extensive than the preparation for dental bonding. There is also a recovery period for veneers that you don't have to endure with dental bonding. 

Getting veneers involves a pre-procedure appointment where they take molds of your teeth. Depending on your dentist, it can take anywhere from one to two weeks for the molds to be processed. 

Once the molds are ready for you, you will attend an appointment to place them over your teeth. In this appointment, part of your tooth enamel will be shaved down to make room for the veneers. 

Because they have to remove the enamel, you may experience sensitivity in your teeth for up to two weeks. It also takes a while to get used to the feel of veneers over your natural teeth.

With direct dental bonding, you only have to attend one appointment. They apply the resin directly to your teeth without scraping off any enamel. 

Because dental bonding is less invasive than veneers, the recovery time is a lot shorter. You may only experience slight sensitivity to cold or hot foods for a short time after the procedure. 

Bonding Teeth vs Veneers Cost

Because porcelain is an expensive material, veneers can cost between $900 and $2,500 per tooth. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $600 per tooth with dental bonding. 

While veneers seem pricier in the short-term, they last almost twice as long as dental bonding. Depending on your preferences, veneers may be the most cost-effective option.

Love Your Smile

You now know the main differences in dental bonding vs veneers. All that's left is to weigh your options and decide on the best procedure for you. 

Visit our website and give us a call for any questions or concerns you may have. Let Empire Dental Group give you the smile you've always dreamed of. 

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