Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic, General & TMJ Dentist Serving Boston, Medford, Winchester, Cambridge, Somerville & Nearby Massachusetts

Besides teeth whitening, which remains the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, dental bonding and porcelain veneers are two of the most sought-after procedures at our practice – and with good reason. Both procedures can transform your smile by covering common flaws (e.g. chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth), and even improving the balance of your bite in some cases.

Many patients ask us which procedure would best meet their needs. This is decided on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in learning more about your cosmetic dentistry options, call us today at 781-396-8558 to schedule a smile consultation with our experienced Boston cosmetic dentists.

The Benefits of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding (also called "cosmetic bonding") is the most straightforward of the two procedures. A tooth-colored dental composite material is placed on your tooth and shaped to seamlessly blend with your smile. This material is capable of:

  • Covering cracked teeth
  • Filling chips in teeth
  • Making small teeth larger
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Creating a more even smile line

Once the bonding material has been properly sculpted, your dentist will bond it to your teeth using a high-intensity light. The result will look and feel like natural enamel. Dental bonding can be completed in just a single office visit, and it is also a more affordable option than porcelain veneers for patients on a budget.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a bit more of an investment than dental bonding. They take longer to apply, and can potentially cost more. However, the quality of veneers is superior to bonding. If you have several cosmetic dental problems that you want to correct, porcelain veneers may be preferable since they can be customized to a greater extent than bonding.  

The dental-grade porcelain used for veneers filters light in the same way as natural tooth enamel, giving your new smile a realistic translucence. Additionally, the non-porous surface resists stains, keeping your smile whiter over a longer period of time. Porcelain veneers are individually custom-crafted to ensure they are a perfect fit (and color match) for your unique smile. If you are looking for a way to dramatically transform your smile, the bright, beautiful results that can be achieved with veneers may be the ideal solution for you.

If you have further questions about dental bonding or porcelain veneers, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry by calling 781-396-8558 to schedule a smile consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentistry team. We serve patients in Winchester, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, and surrounding areas of Boston, Massachusetts.