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Porcelain Dental Veneers vs. Bonding: Here’s What You Should Know!

by | Apr 7, 2023 | Cosmetic Dentistry

Your smile is a reflection of your personality. But if you are embarrassed about your teeth, you’re more likely to hide your grin than share it with the world. Fortunately, numerous cosmetic treatments can give you a smile you are proud of. Two of the most popular and comprehensive are porcelain dental veneers and dental bonding. 

At Miracle Dental in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Ann Pham and Dr. Halan Tran have transformed the smiles of over 10,000 patients. Thanks to their expertise, they can help you determine the best treatment for your goals. Then, with their clinical skill and attention to detail, they can achieve remarkably lifelike results. After treatment, you can enjoy a smile that is whiter, more even, and years younger. 

Contact our office today to learn more about our cosmetic treatments or to schedule your consultation. 

The Procedure

Both porcelain dental veneers and dental bonding conceal flaws on the surface of teeth. But before placing veneers, Dr. Pham or Dr. Tran will trim your tooth enamel. They will remove less than a millimeter of tissue, so the procedure will not weaken your teeth. Instead, it will simply create room for the veneers and ensure a natural look. 

Then your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which our lab will use to fabricate the veneers. Once they are finished, your cosmetic dentist will etch your teeth and use composite to attach the porcelain.

Bonding can typically be performed in a single appointment, since there is no need for enamel removal. Instead, Dr. Pham or Dr. Tran will apply composite directly to the front of your teeth. After sculpting and smoothing the material, your dentist will harden it with a light and give it a polish for a natural sparkle.


Porcelain dental veneers and bonding address the same concerns. So you may be a candidate for either treatment if you suffer from any of the following issues: 

  • Small cracks or chips that do not affect the integrity of your teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth that do not merit orthodontic treatment
  • Internal staining 
  • Proportionately small teeth 
  • Slightly uneven teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth

At the same time, because porcelain veneers require tooth preparation, you may not be eligible for this treatment if you have sustained enamel erosion or if you have decay in the teeth you wish to treat.


Both treatments offer transformative and lifelike results. Unlike composite, however, dental porcelain is slightly translucent. This gives veneers a more realistic sparkle than dental bonding

Moreover, porcelain dental veneers are typically more durable than bonding. With appropriate care, they can last 20 years or more, with the majority lasting at least a decade. In contrast, dental bonding usually lasts three to ten years.


Bonding costs less than porcelain dental veneers. But the savings may only be in the short term. Since bonding does not last as long, you will need to repeat the treatment more often if you want to maintain the look of your smile. 

Learn More about Porcelain Dental Veneers, Bonding, and Our Other Cosmetic Procedures 

Drs. Pham and Tran always make honest treatment recommendations that are in the best interests of their patients. For a candid assessment of your smile, contact our office today. 

Reach us online or call (702) 456-0056 to schedule an appointment.