What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is a quick and easy way to gain a remarkable smile. This is achieved by the placement of composite resin on individual teeth. Using this technique we can change the shape, size and shade of your teeth.
Teeth Whitening can be a suitable option to create a brighter smile. However its effect is limited and cannot change the shape or size of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are the current mainstream recommended option in most cosmetic practices, but not here!...
Composite Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers
Composite Bonding Procedure
Composite is placed onto teeth without the need for damaging any of the tooth structure in the majority of cases.
Cost Per Tooth: £300
Full Set From: £5000
Composite bonding life expectancy is between 5-10 years. However, this can be longer if correctly maintained. If at the end of 10 years you decide to have them redone, the process is to simply remove and replace the composites without further damage to your natural teeth.
Chipping and Maintenance
This is one of the biggest advantages of composite bonding. The repairs are quick and easy! Due to the natural wear and tear small portions of the composite may chip off over time. Usually this isn't noticable but if this happens the process is simply to apply more composite..no drilling! In time, composite may discolour and this can be fixed with a simple 6 - 12 month 'airflow clean' appointment with our hygienist. This can be done in a single visit and usually takes less than 10 minutes.
Once composite is in place this forms a protective layer over the teeth which can protect the enamel and prevent further wear, thus reducing the rate of natural deterioration (usually 8 microns of enamel per year). Unlike porcelain veneers, it is possible to remove the veneers and return to your previous dentition although each case may vary and this will be discussed in full before treatment.
- Minimally invasive procedure; in most cases no teeth are drilled at all.
- Cheaper than veneers.
- Easily repaired and altered if required.
- Possible to return to your natural dentition.
- Forms a protective layer over current teeth.
- Highly durable but less so than porcelain.
- Requires slightly more maintenance.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
This procedure requires removing a substantial amount of the tooth tissue in preparation for the porcelain to attach. This creates permanent irreversible damage.
Cost Per Tooth: £500-1000
Full Set From: £16,000
The arguable benefits for agreeing to this is the added durability of porcelain over composite. Porcelain veneers are designed to last up to 25 years. However, if you intend on having your teeth longer than 25 years you would have to face, for a second time, a very invasive procedure to have them redone as there is never a option to return to your previous dentition. Long term studies have shown the nerve of the tooth is more likely to die necessating further treatment (e.g. root canal treatment).
Chipping and Maintenance
Damaged porcelain is not easily replaced and would require the removal of the remainder of the porcelain (by drilling). An impression would be taken and sent off to the labarotory to be recast. Once the porcelain has been recast a further appointment to fit the veneer will be required.
Tooth Preparation Porcelain Requires
The image below shows the tooth preparation required in order to fix porcelain.
- More durable compared to composite
(short to medium term only)
- Less prone to staining than composite
- Invasive and damaging procedure.
- Permanent loss of large amounts of tooth structure.
- More expensive than composite.
- Repairs cost more and require multiple appointments.
- Not easily changed after procedure.