If you’re exploring cosmetic dentistry in Evanston, you may be wondering what the differences are between dental bonding and veneers. Both of these cosmetic treatments are popular choices at Fischl Dental Associates. But what’s right for you? In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few of the biggest differences between each method of these methods of smile restoration. Let’s get started now.


When it comes to versatility, dental bonding and veneers are pretty much identical. Since both treatments are used to cover up the front of your teeth and reshape your smile, they are usually used quite similarly. Both veneers and bonding can be used to treat a wide variety of different cosmetic issues. This includes gaps in your smile, misshapen and uneven teeth, slightly crooked teeth, and stained teeth. 

Overall Treatment Time

If you want fast results, bonding is the clear winner. You can usually have multiple teeth bonded in a single appointment, since each one usually takes only 30-60 minutes. 

In contrast, veneers take at least 2 appointments over a span of about 2-3 weeks. This isn’t an extremely long time, but it is much longer compared to bonding. If you need to restore your smile quickly, bonding is likely a better choice. 

Durability & Lifespan 

Overall, veneers beat bonding when it comes to durability and lifespan. Veneers are usually made of a durable ceramic material such as porcelain. Porcelain veneers typically last at least 10-15 years, and can last even longer with proper dental care. They are also more resistant to stains.

In contrast, bonding is made of a composite dental resin that is not quite as strong as porcelain. They are slightly more prone to early damage and staining, compared to veneers. You can expect bonded teeth to last between 7-10 years. However, it’s easy and relatively inexpensive to restore or replace a bonded tooth, compared to a veneer.

Cost of Treatment

If you are on a tight budget, dental bonding is likely a better option for you. The cost of both bonding and veneers will vary based on your case, of course. But overall, bonding is usually quite a bit less expensive than veneers.

Dental bonding is cheaper because it uses a less expensive material (composite resin vs. porcelain), the procedure can be performed quickly, and there’s no need to pay an outside dental lab to build veneers for your tooth.

If you’d like to find out more about the cost of veneers and dental bonding, come to Fischl Dental Associates for a consultation. Dr. Paul or Dr. Marie Bradley Fischl can provide you with an estimate for each treatment, and help you choose the option that’s right for you. 

Make the Right Choice With Fischl Dental Associates! 

At Fischl Dental Associates, we are experts in cosmetic dentistry in Evanston. We make it our goal to provide you with the smile you deserve. If you’re not sure whether veneers or dental bonding are right for you, we can help. To schedule a consultation, just contact us at (847) 864-0822, or stop by our office at 636 Church Street, Suite 200 W, Evanston, IL 60201. We’re always accepting new patients.