Latest Dental News & Tips


Schedule Your Visit

Veneers or Bonding: Which Is The Right One For You?

Have you always felt self-conscious about your smile? If you have just a few aesthetic flaws like stains, chipped teeth or misalignments that need to be fixed, dental veneers and bonding are two solutions that do a great job! Here’s a little information on both treatments to help you before scheduling your consultation with our Mulgrave Dentists.

What Is Dental Bonding

Dental bonding, also known as composite bonding is a quick and affordable solution that can help cover minor cosmetic flaws in your smile. This treatment involves the application of a tooth-coloured resin material on your tooth to improve its appearance and shape and is ideal for those with small chips in their teeth, uneven edges or small gaps. We wouldn’t recommend it for larger areas spanning multiple teeth as it isn’t as translucent or durable as porcelain.

If you are looking for a quick and affordable smile transformation, dental bonding is an option you can consider. This quick procedure can be completed in one setting, and numbing may not even be necessary. Before treatment begins, we will select a shade of composite resin that’s closest to the shade of your teeth to ensure a seamless finish.

What Are Dental Veneers

Dental veneers may be the better option for you ifIf you are looking to fix cosmetic imperfections across multiple teeth Made out of either porcelain or composite resin material, these thin coverings are used to mask dental issues such as stained, chipped or crooked teeth and large gaps.

Porcelain veneers are custom-made, tooth-coloured shells that are bonded to the front surface of your tooth. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are applied directly to your teeth and moulded accordingly. Unlike porcelain veneers, your tooth will be prepared by removing a small bit of enamel, composite veneers don’t require removing any enamel. However, porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant and long-lasting than composite veneers. 

Since dental veneers are a lifelong investment that requires more detail, you’ll need at least two appointments and more preparation than dental bonding.

VENEERS OR BONDING? 

Both dental veneers and bonding are effective cosmetic solutions that can enhance your smile. If you’re wondering which option is the best, here are some key factors you need to consider before making the decision: 

  • Cost: Veneers typically cost more than dental bonding. However, veneers are a durable and more permanent solution than dental bonding, which is more prone to breakage and needs replacement. 
  • Appearance: While both options take into consideration the shade of your surrounding teeth to blend in seamlessly, dental bonding is more prone to staining. Veneers, on the other hand (especially porcelain veneers), are highly resistant. 
  • Durability: Veneers are typically expected to last 10-25 years with proper care, while teeth bonding results last only about 5 years as bonding material is more delicate. 
  • Treatment Time: If you need faster results, teeth bonding is the best solution, as it can be finished in one visit. You may need to visit the dentist multiple times for dental veneers.
  • Smile Goals: Veneers are a better solution to fix major changes in your smile, while bonding is more suitable for minor flaws. There can be instances where we combine both procedures to give you optimal results. 

Ready to transform your smile? Then it’s time to choose between veneers or bonding. Before making this decision, you should consider factors such as the ideal treatment option and the level of work needed.

We can help you prioritise your oral health and restore your confidence by helping you decide the best option for you. Visit Purity Dental for your consultation, call us at (03) 9540 8900 to schedule your appointment.