If you are on Instagram, you probably have seen the before and after pictures of popular cosmetic dental treatments like composite bonding and veneers. Ever wondered what exactly is the difference between the two and which of these procedures would benefit you? If you answered positively, keep reading ahead as we explore these procedures.
What is Composite Bonding?
Composite bonding is a therapeutic as well as a cosmetic dental procedure that makes the use of composite resins. It is used to restore dental cavities and tackle multiple dental problems like chipped or cracked teeth, discolored teeth, broken teeth, and even fill small gaps between two teeth.
The process of Composite Bonding
Your dental hygienist at Crofton Dental Care will clean your teeth before the procedure. Your dentist will select the composite shade that closely matches your natural teeth shade to ensure an excellent aesthetic outcome. Next, the outer surface of the teeth is prepared with an acid gel, known as an etchant, to ensure the composite adheres to the tooth properly. This is followed by the application of the dental resins in layers which are exposed to a UV light (blue light) for proper setting and hardening.
Once your dentist has filled the tooth appropriately, they will trim and polish the composite bonding to the intended tooth shape, ensuring it looks natural.
Pros of Composite Bonding
- It is a non-invasive process that allows you to fix your aesthetic dental concerns in a single sitting.
- It yields realistic results and blends in seamlessly with natural teeth.
- It is a conservative and reversible procedure as tooth structure does not have to be removed.
Cons of Composite Bonding
- It can get stained and is prone is chipping if proper care is not taken.
- The aftercare is more for composite bonding as compared to porcelain veneers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells that are fixed to the front surface of the teeth. Porcelain veneers happen to be one of the most sought-after cosmetic dental procedures as they can treat a wide variety of cosmetic dental problems. It can fix chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth. Veneers are also used to close small gaps between two teeth and yield excellent results.
The process of getting Porcelain Veneers
Before your dentist at Crofton Dental Care places your veneers, they will advise complete teeth cleaning. Next, they will remove a small amount of tooth surface from the front of your teeth to create space for veneers. This is followed by taking a dental scan which serves as a guide for customizing your veneers. The color for your veneers is also selected during this session to assure superior aesthetics and a dazzling smile. In the subsequent appointment, your porcelain veneers will be fixed to the tooth with the help of composite resins.
Pros of Veneers
- These are individually crafted to fit your teeth.
- Gives excellent and natural results.
- Last a long time with proper care.
- Closes small gaps and hides discolouration effectively.
- Simple and easy to maintain.
Cons of Veneers
- They tend to be expensive in comparison to Composite Bonding.
- Porcelain Veneers placement require alteration to the existing tooth structure.
We hope this blog gave you some insight regarding the two treatments. In the end, the only way to determine which treatment option is the best for you is to speak to our excellent cosmetic dentist at Crofton Dental Care. If you have any more questions or would like to know more about our services, please reach out to us, and we will be there to assist you in your journey to a stunning smile.