Dental Bonding Vs. Porcelain Veneers: Cadyn’s Story + [VIDEO]

Do you struggle with a nagging imperfection that steals your confidence?

That one flaw that, despite reassurances from loved ones, you just can’t help but notice?

Minnesota resident and real patient of Dr. Steve Gorman, Cadyn, knows that feeling all too well.

Despite being told she was beautiful, a previous dental procedure left her dissatisfied.

This prompted her to look into how dental bonding (her original procedure) stacked up to porcelain veneers, and she chose Dr. Gorman this time around. 

Cadyn’s backstory

Cadyn had chipped front teeth, a characteristic she wished to conceal.

Her initial remedy involved dental bonding, a solution that, unfortunately, couldn’t withstand the test of time like porcelain veneers can.

The mismatched color and recurrent chipping only fueled her insecurity, leading her back to the drawing board to pursue a more enduring, natural-looking fix for her smile.

She carefully weighed the pros and cons of dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers in her quest for the perfect dental restoration. 

During this search, she found Dr. Steve Gorman, whose attention to detail and exceptional work quality stood out among the options.

How Cadyn chipped her front teeth

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

Unfortunately, her passion was also how she chipped her front teeth.

To initially fix the problem, 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
  • Irregularly shaped or sized teeth
  • And more

As another dental bonding benefit, when a dentist does this treatment right, it blends in with your natural teeth. 

But in Cadyn’s situation, this wasn’t the case. 

Her previous dentist’s bonding work kept chipping, 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 talking to others.”

After she finished playing collegiate sports, she decided to fix her smile.

How Cadyn found our North Oaks dentist

Cadyn was referred to our North Oaks cosmetic dentist by her mother, a long-time patient of Dr. Gorman.

During her consultation, Dr. Gorman listened to her concerns and desires. 

From there, he outlined a treatment plan, which included placing two porcelain veneers on her front teeth, where the chips were.

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.

Ever wonder why celebrities have picture-perfect smiles? This is the secret!

When compared to dental bonding, veneers are:

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

Porcelain veneers were Cadyn’s best option compared to other cosmetic dental procedures. 

Factors like the location and condition of the affected teeth, her budget, and her long-term goals all played a role.

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

Your particular case may be different. We’ll help you compare bonding vs. veneers based on your unique situation.

Cadyn’s new smile with porcelain veneers

Check out her before-and-after results:

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 vs. porcelain veneers?

Truthfully, there isn’t a winner. It really depends on your situation. 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 the removal of tooth enamel
  • Reversible
  • Easy to clean and maintain


  • Lasts five to seven 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 two or more appointments
  • Requires removal of tooth enamel
  • Irreversible

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

Therefore, if you’re near the Minneapolis area and desire an improved smile, look no further than our cosmetic dentistry specialist!

Besides offering various cosmetic dental treatment options to meet your needs, desires, and budget, 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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