Cosmetic Dental Bonding vs. Veneers

Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both common cosmetic dental treatments. They can treat the gaps between your teeth, shortened teeth, discoloration, and damage to a tooth.

Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding in Downers Grove, IL

Patients with damaged and/or stained teeth can benefit from both porcelain veneers and dental bonding. But which option is best for you?

Cosmetic Tooth Bonding

Dental or tooth bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. It’s called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. Dental bonding is ideal for small cosmetic dentistry work, such as fixing a chipped or broken tooth or closing small gaps between teeth. Dental bonding is also used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities because it’s more cosmetically appealing than silver fillings.

What are the advantages of dental bonding?

Cosmetic dental bonding offers several benefits:
Minimally invasive. Dental bonding typically doesn’t require enamel removal while veneers and crowns require significant tooth alteration.
Cost-effective. Dental bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dental procedures.
Versatile. Dental bonding can conceal an array of cosmetic imperfections, including chips, cracks, gaps, and discoloration.
Fast and convenient. Porcelain veneers and crowns require multiple appointments, but dental bonding can be completed in one office visit.

Dental Veneers

Veneers imageDental porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain material that adheres to the surface of your teeth. They are custom-made to fit your teeth, including the size, shape, and color (different shades of white) for the person.

While many people get porcelain veneers for cosmetic reasons, they are also used for restorative procedures including can cover chips, cracks, misalignment, and discoloration. Veneers can be less invasive than a crown that covers your entire tooth. Veneers just cover the surface of the tooth.

A veneer adheres to a patient’s natural tooth. They are a great choice to fix the teeth you have versus replacing them with an implant or denture.

They are ideal for the following issues with your teeth:
• Chipping
• Staining
• Old restorations and fillings
• Uneven or narrow smile
• Spacing problems
• Crowding
• Bite issues
• Staining from antibiotics or fluorosis

Veneers are a custom process, and it’s best to use a cosmetic dentist. He or she can work with teeth problems and fix them with porcelain veneers. Dental veneers are more costly than bonding but typically last longer.


Whether you want to correct a crooked tooth or need to brighten your smile, there is a cosmetic dental procedure for you. Dr. Barbara Webster and our staff provide each patient with the care they need. Dr. Webster has worked with some of the country’s leading cosmetic dentists and views cosmetic dentistry as both an art form and a science. Her exacting technique combined with her eye for aesthetics truly sets her apart from other dentists. If you’re looking for the best cosmetic dentistry Downers Grove has to offer, make your appointment today. Call Webster Dental at 630.663.0554.

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