What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is the application of a composite resin to the edge of a tooth that might be discoloured, chipped, decayed or worn down in some way. It’s referred to as ‘bonding’ as the composite material bonds to the original tooth.
What does composite bonding look like?
Composite bonding is designed to look as much like a natural tooth as possible. The resin will be tooth-coloured in appearance and can be shaped and polished to match the teeth surrounding it.
Why might I choose to have composite bonding?
Composite bonding is used to perfect the edges of worn teeth or change the shape of a tooth that you may not like. It can also be used to close up gaps between teeth. Composite bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic treatments and usually requires no drilling to the existing tooth.
What are veneers?
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain or composite, designed to act as a shell that fits over the surface of your tooth.
Why might I choose to have veneers?
You might choose to have veneers for a variety of reasons. Veneers can be used to transform the shape, colour and position of your natural teeth, giving you a complete smile makeover.
What are veneers made of?
Veneers can be made from either porcelain or composite. Composite veneers are hand made by our cosmetic dentists in the surgery and can be placed in one visit, while porcelain veneers are hand-crafted by talented dental technicians in a dental laboratory. Composite veneers are more affordable than porcelain veneers but require more maintenance and usually need to be replaced after 5-7 years. Porcelain veneers last between 10-20 years if well maintained. They are more durable and require less maintenance than composite veneers.