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Veneers vs. Bonding: What's the Difference?

Last updated 6 years ago

Both veneers and dental bonding are popular cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give you a brighter and more beautiful smile. Learn about each of these options and which might be right for you by checking out the information below.


Dental veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are permanently bonded to your teeth, improving their appearance. Veneers can be used to correct worn or broken teeth, as well as to brighten your smile or provide more even spacing if there are large gaps between your teeth. During your dental veneer application, your cosmetic dentist will first remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. Next, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth so that the veneers can be made to match your size, shape, and color specifications. During a second visit, your veneers will be adhered permanently to your teeth to create a brighter, more even smile.


Dental bonding is a process through which your dentist applies a composite, tooth-colored material to your teeth. Your dentist can then shape and sculpt the material to create the desired look. Next, a UV light is used to permanently harden and bond the material to your teeth, creating a new smile. This technique can be used to address chipped, unevenly spaced, or discolored teeth without removing any enamel. The procedure can be completed during a single visit to the dentist.

Comparison of Treatments

Veneers and dental bonding can be used by your cosmetic dentist to achieve similar results for your smile. Dental bonding tends to cost less, but the results are vulnerable to damage due to dietary choices and tooth grinding. Dental veneers, while usually more expensive, typically last longer and are more durable than dental bonding results. In addition, veneers can better correct crooked or unevenly spaced teeth.

If you’re ready for a brighter, better looking smile, visit City Dental of Los Angeles to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options. We specialize in gentle general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Learn more by visiting our website or by calling (323) 850-7007.


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