Differences Between Porcelain Veneers and Composite Bonding
Porcelain veneers and composite bonding are both dental treatment procedures. They each have their uses, benefits as well as disadvantages. There are instances where one can be used and where the other can be used. However, they are both used for correction of minor dental problems. As much as these procedures are useful, they each have their uses and benefits. Below are the features of each of these dental procedures:
Porcelain veneers are thin layers made from ceramic material, in this case, porcelain, and are put to use by placing it over a tooth or teeth and fitted to cover up its defects, which could be in the form of holes, cracks, stains, discolouration or misalignment. Dental Veneers are produced by a technician in a lab before it is fitted over the teeth. This is why it cannot be completed in one day or visit.
Before the procedure itself, the enamel would have to be prepared by undergoing some prep work which includes drilling and removal of some parts of the teeth. Some features and disadvantages of porcelain veneers include the following:
- It is an invasive treatment procedure as it requires drilling into the enamel
- It requires some part of the tooth or teeth to be removed before the veneer is fitted
- The removal of some parts of the teeth can cause some sensitivity
- It can be fitted on more than one tooth, and not just one tooth
- It is mostly used to cover the front of a tooth, however, it can also be used on the back of the teeth
- It is a very flexible approach with regards to improving the appearance of a smile. It can cover or conceal small gaps in the teeth, cover up chips and cracks in teeth, as well as correct or cover up minor misalignment
- It is a much better option compared to the dental crown due to the fact that it requires less removal of teeth.
- It is a permanent option, meaning that in the near future, your next possible option would be a dental crown.
This is a cosmetic dental procedure that is much easier to adopt as opposed to veneers. Composite bonding is a process whereby tooth-coloured resin material is applied over the tooth or teeth and hardened with a curing light. This is a great option for people with mild or minor dental problems, and who do not need major dental procedures, neither do they have the budget for such. It is mostly for aesthetic purposes, as it can improve your smile, cover up minor cracks and gaps in the teeth. Even better, it can be done in just a single visit to the dentist. A few other features of composite bonding include the following:
- It does not require drilling or removal of any part of the tooth before it can be fitted; hence there is no permanent damage done to the enamel
- It can be done by the dentist in just one day
- It can be applied over the whole tooth or just on parts of it to conceal or cover up cracks, gaps and also to alter the shape of the teeth
- It can also be used to improve the colour of tooth or teeth, its shape and contour
- The resin material can be discoloured or stained due to coffee consumption or smoking. However, this can simply be corrected without further damage to the teeth or enamel
- It is not a permanent procedure as it can crack or break when misused or when pressure is applied, as is the case of people who have bruxism or teeth grinding
Veneers and composite bonding are both very effective means of correcting mild dental issues. However, your choice should depend on certain factors as well as your discussion with your dentist.
Should your dental issue require dental veneers, composite bonding or any other dental procedure, Dental Clinic London dentist would be sure to let you know.