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Brian Kinsey DMD, Dentistry at Hamilton Mill

What is the difference between dental bondings and porcelain veneers?

Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers are both dental procedures that can change the size, shape and color of your teeth and ultimately enhance the appearance of your smile.  The result of both procedures can be the same but there are differences.


Dental bonding utilizes a tooth-colored resin material which is adhered directly to the teeth and then shaped and polished to the desired result.

Porcelain veneers are made from a thin shell of porcelain in a dental lab that is then adhered directly to the teeth.


Dental bonding is usually accomplished in a single visit.

Porcelain veneers typically require two visits – the first visit consists of preparing the teeth and making an impression/mold and the second visit consist of permanently adhering the veneers to the teeth. 

Tooth Preparation:

Dental bonding usually requires little or no tooth preparation depending on the circumstances.

Porcelain veneers usually require a very small amount of enamel to be removed in order to create space for the new veneer to adhere to the teeth and provide a natural shape and contour.

Longevity and Results:

Both procedures can provide long-lasting and highly esthetic results.  Typically speaking, because porcelain veneers are made from a harder material and by a highly trained dental lab professional who specializes in the fabrication of esthetic restorations, they often provide a superior esthetic result as well as greater strength and longevity.


In most cases, porcelain veneers are going to have a higher cost than dental bonding due to requiring multiple appointments as well as an associated lab fee.  However, when you factor in the longevity and superior esthetic results of porcelain veneers, the long term costs are comparable and may even be less with porcelain veneers.  In all porcelain veneer cases, we have a thin mouthguard made for patients to wear during sleep to combat against potentially harmful effects of nighttime clenching and grinding.


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