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Composite Bonding vs Veneers

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

Composite Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers: What’s the Difference? When it comes to improving the appearance of your teeth, you have a few options. Two popular treatments are composite bonding and porcelain veneers. Both can help you achieve a beautiful smile, but they have some key differences that you should consider before making a decision. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the differences between composite bonding and veneers so that you can make an informed decision about which treatment is right for you.

What is Composite Bonding? Composite bonding is a dental procedure in which a tooth-colored material is applied to the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. This material, called composite resin, can be used to repair chips and cracks in teeth, fill in gaps between teeth, and even change the shape or color of your teeth. The process is relatively quick and painless and can be completed in one visit to your dentist. Composite edge bonding involves adding the material just to the edges of your teeth whereas composite veneers cover the whole front surface of your teeth.

before and after composite bonding

What are porcelain veneers? Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They are custom-made to fit your individual smile and can be used to correct chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps between teeth, and even misaligned or misshapen teeth. Veneers typically require two visits to your dentist—one for preparation and one for placement—and they tend to last much longer than composite bonding.

before and after veneer treatment

Advantages & Disadvantages of Composite Bonding & Porcelain Veneers When it comes to choosing between composite bonding and porcelain veneers, it’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option. Here’s a quick overview: Advantages of Composite Bonding - Quick & easy procedure - Can be completed in one visit - Less expensive than veneers - Can be placed without preparing the natural tooth tissue - Can be easily repaired or replaced if needed Disadvantages of Composite Bonding - Not as durable as veneers - Prone to staining and chipping Advantages of Veneers - Long-lasting results (up to 10-15 years) - Natural-looking results - Can correct multiple issues at once

-much more resistant to staining Disadvantages of Veneers - More expensive than composite bonding - Requires two visits for preparation & placement

-Some preparation of the natural tooth is often needed

How much do Veneers and Composite bonding cost?

Cosmetic dentistry is not funded under the NHS. However, at Chelwood Dental care we can offer porcelain veneers and composite bonding to all our patients, as fee per item, Denplan or Private patient treatment. All costs will be discussed in detail before any treatment is carried out, and a written estimate will be provided. You can view our pricelist for treatment options by following the link to our price list. If you are interested in joining our practice, Denplan Membership patients receive 10% discount on all cosmetic dental treatments including veneers and composite bonding.

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Which Treatment Is Right For You? The decision between composite bonding and porcelain veneers ultimately comes down to what you want out of your treatment. If you’re looking for an affordable solution with quick results that can be easily repaired or replaced if needed, then composite bonding may be right for you. The long-term maintenance of this treatment needs to be a consideration due to the tendency for composite to stain or chip over time. However, if you’re looking for longer-lasting results with that can correct multiple issues at once, then veneers may be the better choice. Your dentist will help guide you through this process so that you can make an informed decision about which treatment is right for you.

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