Why Cadyn Upgraded from Dental Bonding to Veneers [VIDEO]

Do you have an insecurity that only you seem to notice?

Do your friends or family tell you:

“You’re beautiful! I don’t notice it, so you shouldn’t worry about it.”

That was the case for Cadyn from Minnesota, a real patient of Dr. Steve Gorman.

To quickly give you her backstory:

Cadyn’s front teeth were chipped. To hide these flaws, she received dental bonding.


Her dental bonding kept chipping over time, didn’t match her natural tooth color, and she felt insecure.

She wanted a more durable and natural-looking way to fix her smile.

That’s where porcelain veneers came in!

Read her story below!

How Cadyn chipped her front teeth

Cadyn grew up playing basketball all her life – she even played in college!

Unfortunately, that’s also how she chipped her front teeth.

To initially fix her chipped teeth, she received dental bonding.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding (also known as cosmetic or teeth bonding) is an affordable cosmetic dentistry treatment.

The quick and painless procedure involves adhering tooth-colored composite material onto your teeth to hide flaws, such as:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Small gaps
  • Irregular shaped or sized teeth
  • And more

When done right, it’ll blend in with your natural teeth.

But in Cadyn’s case:

Her previous dentist’s bonding work kept chipping over the years, and the color didn’t match her natural teeth.

In her words:

“It was most noticeable for me in my pictures… I just felt insecure even when I was talking to other people.”

She decided that after she was done playing collegiate sports, she would get her smile fixed.

How Cadyn found our North Oaks dentist

Cadyn was referred to our cosmetic dentist by her mother, who’s been a patient of ours for a long time.

During her consultation, Dr. Gorman listened to her concerns and desires. From there, he outlined a treatment plan, which recommended placing two porcelain veneers on her front teeth where the chips were located.

Why porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells of tooth-colored material placed over the fronts of your teeth. They mask most smile flaws, including chips.

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When compared to dental bonding, veneers are:

  • Extremely durable
  • Less likely to chip
  • Longer lasting
  • More customizable
  • Stain-resistant
  • Not subject to decay

In Cadyn’s case, porcelain veneers were her best option.

However, your scenario might be different.

Factors like the location and condition of the tooth needing treatment, your budget, and your long-term goals all play a role.

For Cadyn, she didn’t want to worry about chips or discoloration, and she wanted a solution that’d last for as long as possible.

That’s why she chose porcelain veneers.

Cadyn’s new smile with porcelain veneers

Check out her before-and-after result:

Cadyn's smile before with dental bonding and after with porcelain veneers

Hear what she has to say about it:

“I am so happy with my smile and just the confidence I have back. I love to just keep smiling, and I’m so happy that I came to The Gorman Center.”

If you’re considering bonding or veneers, you’ll want to consider the following.

Which is better, dental bonding or veneers?

Truthfully, there isn’t a winner. It really depends on you. But this comparison chart may help sway you one way or the other.

Dental bonding vs. veneers, including cost, conservative, treatment length, natural looking, maintenance, stain resistant, longevity, and durability

To break it down more:

The pros and cons of dental bonding


  • Costs less than veneers
  • Takes one appointment
  • Quick and painless procedure
  • Doesn’t require removal of tooth enamel
  • Reversible
  • Easy to clean and maintain


  • Last 5 to 7 years on average
  • Stains over time
  • Can chip and crack
  • Can’t fix major smile flaws

The pros and cons of veneers


  • Lasts 15 to 25 years on average
  • Can fix most smile flaws
  • More customizable
  • Durable
  • Less likely to chip
  • Stain resistant
  • Not subject to decay
  • Easy to clean and maintain


  • Costs more than dental bonding
  • Takes 2 or more appointments
  • Requires removal of tooth enamel
  • Irreversible

While it’s important to weigh these factors, the most important part is your dentist!

Whether you choose dental bonding or veneers, your smile will only look as good as your dentist’s skills.

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If you’re located near the Minneapolis area, then look no further!

Our award-winning cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gorman, has more than 30 years of experience and an impressive Smile Gallery as evidence of his unmatched expertise.

Your smile will only look as good as your dentist's skills.

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