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Composite bonding and veneers are both popular cosmetic dental treatments designed to improve the overall appearance of your smile. These treatments fill gaps in between your teeth, fix broken or chipped teeth, or improve general discolouration.
As this treatment is administered for cosmetic reasons, it’s not available on the NHS services. Therefore, it’s important to understand the difference between composite bonding and veneers along with their benefits to find a suitable treatment plan for you.
Composite bonding is generally a cosmetic treatment, but can also be used as an effective way to rebuild the tooth structure. The dentist will apply a special resin to the existing teeth and build up the layers to get the desired shape. It is effective for tooth restoration and misshaped teeth.
Veneers are custom-made porcelain or ceramic moulds that are attached to the surface of your teeth. The thin covers are moulded to your teeth to also improve the shape and appearance of your smile. This means none of your natural teeth will be on show. Find out more about veneers.
Now we know what each treatment is, we will look at the difference between the two treatments. Here’s a comparison guide to composite bonding and veneers cost, longevity and maintenance to see the advantages and disadvantages of each one!
The cost of composite bonding is generally cheaper than veneers, as it is an additive to your teeth. As veneers require a moulded thin shell to cover your natural teeth, this is reflected in the treatment cost. Treatment prices, however, do depend on individual needs and are determined during a consultation.
Composite bonding generally lasts 5 years on average. The treatment can last a long time, but this is not guaranteed. The benefit of composite bonding treatment is that it is made out of durable material and is easily fixed should there be any damage happen to it.
Veneers typically have a longer lifespan and can last up to 15 years. They are a strong solution, however, if one cracks you cannot repair it, only replace it. You will need to take this into consideration if you have this treatment, as you will need to maintain veneers. Once you have them, it’s rare that this can be reversed.
Both composite bonding and veneers require a similar maintenance routine. Composite bonding is more susceptible to staining and discolouration over time but that doesn’t mean it cannot happen to veneers either.
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene with both treatments to avoid discolouration of the material. This includes general advice, including regular appointments with a dentist, a consistent cleaning routine, and avoiding food and drink that cause staining.
Keeping up with your oral health is key, as other dental problems, such as gum disease, can still happen after having this treatment. Either treatment will not be administered without a thorough cleaning first to reduce the chance of trapping plaque and causing a build-up. Your dentist or hygienist will give you advice during the process and regular check-ups.
Both composite bonding and veneers have advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to seek professional advice. Before you commit to any treatment plan, you will have an in-depth consultation with a dentist, who will outline the full process. This will include the timescale, what happens during the treatment and costs. During this time, your dentist can answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Need help with a cosmetic dental treatment? Our practice is based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and provides bespoke care to any surrounding area too including Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley. Get in touch with our expert team today.