Thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry, there are more ways than ever to improve your smile. Bonding, veneers, and dental crowns are popular choices that can fix many of the same issues. However, they each have their own pros and cons. If you would like to know more, keep reading.

Dental Bonding

During dental bonding, the dentist applies composite resin to the front of the front teeth. The dentist then shapes the resin into the desired shape. As a result, this can correct many issues, such as:

  • Gapping
  • Crowding
  • Discoloration
  • Chips/cracks
  • Short crowns

Dental bonding can also be used to fill in cavities without unsightly metal.

Since the dentist doesn't need to remove much (if any enamel), the procedure can often be reversed. Dental bonding is, by far, the most affordable choice. However, the composite resin is not as durable as veneers or crowns. Plus, while the material is tooth-colored, it doesn't look like natural tooth tissue.


Veneers are made from thin porcelain, and the dentist bonds them to the front of your front teeth. However, for the veneers to fit, the dentist must remove a portion of the enamel. As a result, the procedure is not reversible.

They fix the same issues as dental bonding, but they can also make crowns look shorter if the dentist removes more tissue. They cost more than dental bonding, but they are more durable, and the porcelain mirrors the look of tooth tissue.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can be used instead of dental bonding and veneers to correct the same issues. However, they can be used on front and back teeth because they are strong. Plus, they can make weak teeth stronger, reducing the risk of future damage. While many people choose all-porcelain crowns for front teeth because of their beauty, it's better to pick porcelain-fused-to-metal for back teeth to give them more strength.

Of course, you can also choose crowns made from metal and those covered with composite resin. These are cheaper but don't look as natural as porcelain. Metal crowns, however, are the most durable choice. As with veneers, dental crowns are not reversible.

If you are sick of your smile, stop hiding it and start looking at cosmetic dental procedures. Dental bonding, veneers, and crowns are a great way to fix many issues. If your teeth are weak, dental crowns can even make them more durable. If you would like to know more, contact a cosmetic dentist today.