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Composite Bonding vs Veneers

Amongst the numerous cosmetic dental procedures available, two standard practices stand out: the use of composite bonding and the application of veneers. These two procedures are different in principle but offer the same benefit of working towards improving the quality and appearance of your smile.

So, which treatment offers the best solution? Are veneers more practical than composite bonding? Or is it safer to apply tooth-coloured resins instead of veneers?

What Is Composite Bonding?

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your smile, composite bonding serves as a good non-invasive solution. This cosmetic treatment involves applying resins to the surface of the damaged or misshapen teeth. It works well because the resins used are tooth-coloured enabling them to blend in seemlessly.

What Is Composite Bonding Used For?

Composite bonding can be used for the following issues:

  • Conceal chipped and damaged tooth or teeth.
  • Change the shape of your teeth and make them look longer.
  • Camouflage discoloured teeth.
  • Close gaps and spaces between teeth.
  • Fill cavities.
  • Protect teeth roots that have been left exposed due to gum recession.

What are Veneers?

On the other hand, veneers are permanent solutions to teeth problems. They are porcelain attachments made from ceramic and applied directly to the surface of the teeth. However, unlike composite bonding, it involves the removal of some part of the enamel for a permanent addition of the porcelain veneers.

In essence, the practice isn’t reversible and must be changed every 10 or 20 years, depending on the material’s strength. Veneers also perform the same function as composite bonding and can be seen as a permanent alternative to non-invasive composite bonding.

Composite Bonding or Veneers? A Brief Comparison

Before getting started on any of the procedures, we recommend a consultation to discuss which approach works best. To do so will require knowledge of the significant differences between each treatment. It also involves a comparison to discover which method suits best, produces the best results, and causes the least discomfort. Here’s an overview:

  • Composite bonding is non-invasive and requires no removal of the enamel, whilst for veneers the enamel needs to be altered to fit perfectly.
  • Composite bonding is more time-efficient as it can be performed immediately, while veneers need multiple visits to the dentists to prepare and install properly.
  • Composite bonding is less expensive than its veneer counterpart, which costs roughly double the amount complete.
  • The average lifespan of composite bonding ranges from 5 to 10 years, while veneers are expected to last between 10 to 20 years.
  • Veneers offer higher resistance to chips and breaks than composite bonding.

Final Verdict

Ultimately, it boils down to what individuals are most comfortable with. Composite bonding is an ideal solution if you’re looking for a non-invasive procedure that is cost-effective with quicker results. However, if you seek a long-lasting method that provides higher resistance to discolouration and chips, then veneers are better suited. Contact us today to book your initial consultation and discuss the best treatment option.

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