Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin on a tooth and shaping it to look like the other teeth. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of the tooth.
Dental bonding is best for repairing minor chips, cracks, or gaps in the teeth. In addition to this, they can also improve the appearance of discolored or misshapen teeth. Veneers address more extensive cosmetic issues, such as severely stained teeth, crookedness, or uneven spacing between teeth.
Porcelain veneers are generally more durable and stain-resistant than dental bonding. While dental bonding can last several years with proper care, porcelain veneers can last 10-20 years or longer.
Dental bonding is a relatively quick and non-invasive procedure. In addition to this, it typically only takes one visit. However, veneers require more extensive preparation like removing a thin layer of enamel from the tooth. The procedure can take two or more dental visits depending on the case.
The choice between dental bonding and veneers will depend on the specific dental issues you wish to address. In addition, your budget, and your dentist’s recommendation are also factors when choosing the procedure that is right for you. But to do this, you need to choose the right cosmetic dentist.