Composite bonding and porcelain veneers are both options that cover the front surfaces of your teeth (usually your front teeth) to improve the aesthetics. They improve the look of your teeth by changing the size, shape and colour. Both options have their pros and cons. If you are interested in bonding or veneers for your front teeth, it is important to talk with your dentist about which option will be best for you. Both composite bonding and porcelain veneers are irreversible; as a thin layer of tooth structure must be removed from the front surfaces of the teeth for them to bond.
This option is when the white filling material is used to manually cover the front of your teeth with a thin layer to improve the look and feel. The downside to composite bonding is that it can chip, stain and fracture over time, so the life span is not as long as porcelain veneers. The benefit of composite bonding is that it is a much cheaper solution than porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are the gold standard in cosmetic dentistry to create a uniform, bright, aesthetically pleasing look and feel. Porcelain veneers are fabricated in a lab specifically for your teeth. They are thin shell-like coverings that get bonded to the outer surface of your teeth. They can change the size, shape and colour of your teeth. First, you will have a consult to discuss with your dentist your intended outcome for the veneers. Next, impressions are taken of your teeth to be sent to the lab. After a week or so, your veneers will be sent back from the lab and can be bonded onto your teeth. Porcelain veneers have a much longer life span than composite bonding, are less likely to chip, crack or stain, but are much more costly than composite bonding.
If you are interested in either composite bonding or porcelain veneers or have any questions about them, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.