Considering cosmetic dental treatment to improve the appearance of your smile? Here’s everything you need to know about composite bonding and veneers to help you choose the most suitable treatment.
Are chipped or cracked teeth getting you down?
Maybe you’ve got discolouration that whitening hasn’t been able to fix or a gap you want to fill without having to get braces?
Whatever the issues you have with your teeth, there are plenty of cosmetic dental treatments that can help you achieve your dream smile.
Here, our experts at Shawlands Dental Care explain the difference between composite bonding and veneers, as well as the pros and cons, to help you decide which treatment is right for you.
Composite bonding – AKA cosmetic or dental bonding – helps patients improve the appearance of their teeth.
By attaching a composite resin to the affected teeth, composite bonding can restore their natural appearance by filling in any gaps and chips or correcting any discolouration and helping patients achieve a smile they can be proud of.
During your appointment, your dentist will select a resin colour to match the shade of your teeth and then prep your teeth for treatment by roughening the surface.
Your teeth will then be coated with a liquid to help the resin adhere smoothly, which will be applied and moulded into the desired shape and hardened with a curing light, before being polished until it matches the rest of the teeth.
Composite bonding has many benefits, including:
Whilst there’s no denying the benefits, composite bonding comes with some disadvantages – the main one being that they’re not as hard-wearing as other cosmetic dental treatments, like crowns or veneers.
They’re much more prone to staining, so you have to be careful what you’re eating and drinking and keep on top of brushing.
The resin used in composite bonding treatments is also much more easily damaged, so you should be prepared to make an effort to avoid anything – like hard foods – and reining in bad habits of chewing pens, pencils or your fingernails, as this can all be risky.
Veneers are thin porcelain mouldings which are bonded to the front surface of the teeth – providing a quick, fuss-free solution for stained, chipped and misshapen teeth.
In most cases, your teeth will need filing before having veneers placed.
An impression of your mouth will also be taken, and a temporary veneer fitted for you to wear for a few weeks while your final veneers are being crafted.
Finally, your permanent veneers will be fitted, using a strong dental glue to secure them to your natural teeth.
From being a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your teeth to being low maintenance and boosting your confidence – veneers have many benefits.
In most cases, veneers can be fitted within just two dental visits, and you could have a whole new smile within just a few weeks of our initial consultation.
Whether you have chipped or cracked , misshapen or discoloured teeth, veneers can solve the problem.
There are some reasons why veneers may not be the right treatment for you, including:
When seeking treatment to improve the appearance of your smile, you, of course, want to be sure you’re making the right decision.
If you’re still in two minds over composite bonding and veneers and need specialist guidance, we’re here for you!
During an initial consultation with our team, we’ll assess the condition of your teeth and discuss your smile goals – offering our expert opinion on what we think would be best.
To book a consultation with us, call us on 01416 321 378 or head over to our to view our available appointments and select the one that best suits your schedule!Back to blog