Teeth bonding Vs Veneers | Yorkshire Dental Suite

January 25th, 2023

Teeth Bonding vs Veneers

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Magical smiles start at YDS and we specialise in numerous different cosmetic teeth procedures. Bonding vs veneers always comes up as our two most requested procedures, but which one is better? What’s the difference between the two? Let’s find out.


Composite Bonding vs Veneers

Let’s start with what each one does. Composite bonding is where a composite resin is dentally bonded to your tooth and then filed and shaped to match the contours of the original tooth. Veneers, on the other hand, are  made from highly aesthetic porcelain. After the teeth are prepared, scans are sent to the dental lab who are responsible for making these thin pieces of ceramic (porcelain veneers) which are then cemented onto the teeth.


Cost of Dental Bonding vs Veneers

Although both options are excellent solutions for giving you a stunning white smile, there is a significant difference in the cost of the two overall treatments. Dental bonding is the more affordable option of the two, and this is because the resin is much cheaper than porcelain.

The reason why composite resin is cheaper than porcelain is because the material is applied to the teeth in clinic whereas porcelain veneers are made offsite in a specialised dental lab, by a skilled lab technician.

However, just because composite bonding is the cheaper option of the two, that doesn’t necessarily make them the right option for you. Let’s explore the pros and cons of the two treatments.


Pros and Cons of Veneers


  1. Porcelain veneers don’t stain
  2. They are incredibly strong
  3. Look like real teeth
  4. Fast, non-invasive treatment
  5. They last for between 10 and 20 years
  6. Porcelain veneers have the highest aesthetics and reflect light in a natural way due to the ceramic being composed of a glass-like substance


  1. Expensive initially
  2. A permanent option, with the need to replace the veneers every 10-20 years
  3. Can make your teeth more susceptible to heat and cold


Pros and Cons of Composite Bonding


  • Natural-looking teeth
  • Cost-effective
  • Fast, non-invasive treatment
  • Last between 5 and 10 years


  • Prone to staining
  • Not as durable as veneers
  • Easy to damage
  • Higher likelihood of chipping compared to porcelain veneers


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to get veneers or bonding?

This all depends on the condition of your existing teeth, how long you want them to last, and your budget. Both options give excellent results and are relatively low-maintenance, so it all comes down to personal choice. If you’re undecided between the two, speak to our clinicians who’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction.

As a general rule of thumb if you would like to permanently enhance the colour, shape and size of your teeth, then porcelain veneers is a great option. If on the other hand, you are unsure about altering your smile for the long run and would like a medium term option to transforming your smile, composite bonding is ideal. 

In addition to this if you’re extremely dental phobic you might prefer to undergo composite bonding due to the fact no needles or injections are involved during the process, unlike porcelain veneers.

How long does teeth bonding last?

This depends on whether you get porcelain veneers or composite resin bonding. Both options are bonded to the tooth, but the materials that are used in the two different procedures give drastically different lifespans. Composite bonding veneers last around 3-7 years, whereas porcelain veneers can last as long as 20 years.

Can you have bonding instead of veneers?

Yes, composite veneers are one of our most popular procedures! If you’re interested in enhancing your smile via composite bonding then have an informal chat with one of our expert clinicians who can advise you further.

Is bonding teeth a good idea?

The only situation where dental bonding may not be a good idea is if your teeth are decayed to begin with. Composite bonding shouldn’t be used to repair decayed teeth, only to enhance their visual appeal. We’ll always carry out an extensive oral inspection before carrying out any treatment, and if you aren’t suitable to wear composite bonding veneers, we’ll suggest an alternative.


Bonding Vs Veneers: Let us help you decide!

Your teeth and your smile are some of your most personal and valuable attributes, which is why our clinicians will use their years of knowledge and expertise to guide you towards an informed choice. You can be sure of professional service whether you choose tooth bonding, veneers, or any other form of cosmetic dental treatment.

Questions? Speak to our experts today on 0113 887 9594 or book in for a consultation to chat to us in person.


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