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Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Bonding and Veneers

August 16, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — yournorthshoredentist @ 4:14 pm
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Both direct bonding and porcelain veneers are options when you are looking to enhance your smile. Whether you have discoloration, small gaps, chips, or cracks in your teeth, both are effective at making corrections. However, before you make your decision, you should fully understand the difference between veneers and bonding. Even though they take a similar approach when it comes to correcting cosmetic issues, there are several different factors you should be considering. Read on to learn exactly what those are.

What Is the Difference Between Veneers and Bonding?

Both treatments are essentially used to mask imperfections in your smile, but here’s exactly how each one works:

  • Direct Bonding: This is a procedure in which your dentist applies a tooth colored composite resin to your tooth and shapes it as needed to cover up imperfections. It is hardened with the use of a special light which bonds the material to the tooth.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Dental veneers are wafer-thin custom shells of tooth-colored porcelain that are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth after a small amount of protective enamel is removed. They are effective at changing the color, shape, size, and length of the teeth.

What Factors Should Be Considered?

When making your final decision on the matter, be sure that you have considered all of the following factors:

What Concerns You Have

Even though both of the procedures address many of the same concerns, if you are looking to cover a more widespread or pronounced cosmetic issue, porcelain veneers may be a better long-term option for you.

Procedure Preparation

Having dental bonding done requires no preparation beforehand. You come in for a single appointment and walk out with the results you want. On the other hand, porcelain veneers require your dentist to remove a small layer of your tooth’s protective enamel before you are able to show them off. It is usually completed in two appointments instead of just one.


If you are caring for your smile properly, porcelain veneers can last upwards of 15 years! However, tooth-colored bonding generally lasts anywhere from 4 to 10 years before needing to be retouched. This all depends on the location, chewing habits, and proper care.

Material Used

Bonding is made from a tooth-colored composite resin while veneers are created from a durable ceramic substance in a lab. The ceramic material tends to be stronger and more resistant to future staining.


Most of the time, bonding is more affordable than porcelain veneers. This is because bonding is not as resistant to staining and is generally not as long-lasting as their ceramic counterpart. It needs to be touched up more often.

Even though both options are great, you may be more suited for one or the other. Talk to your dentist about which one would best fit your needs.

About the Practice

At North Shore Family Dentistry, you have two skilled dentists committed to helping patients achieve their smile goals. Dr. David B. Schwartz has been practicing dentistry for over three decades and is a member of numerous organizations including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Arielle Wulfsohn earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine and holds Diplomat Status for the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. For more information on cosmetic dentistry options or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (847) 677-2808.

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