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Esthetic bonding and veneers are both popular cosmetic dental procedures used to enhance the appearance of teeth, but they differ in terms of application and scope. We can discuss your particular concerns together to determine whether bonding or veneers are right for you.

Esthetic bonding

Esthetic bonding, also known as dental bonding or composite bonding, involves the application of a tooth-colored resin material directly to the tooth’s surface to achieve a natural-looking result, improving the tooth’s appearance and restoring its functionality. It is used to address minor cosmetic issues such as chips, cracks, gaps, or stains.

Esthetic bonding is more suitable (compared to veneers, described below) for minor issues and can be completed in a single visit, offering immediate results.


Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of teeth. They are used to correct a range of cosmetic concerns, including severe discoloration, misalignment, gaps, or worn-down teeth. Veneers are ideal for more extensive cosmetic concerns and provide long-lasting and durable results.

The process of getting veneers requires a few more steps when compared to bonding. There is typically a trial phase of a couple weeks where temporary veneers are made as a dry run to test out the esthetics and function of the veneers. Once the shape, size, colour and function have been approved by both you and Dr. Chiu, we work with the laboratory who will fabricate the final porcelain-made veneers.