Here at 123 Dental, there are two great options for improving your smile (without orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign): composite bonding or porcelain veneers.
Both methods can remove imperfections and provide you with the perfect smile you want and deserve, but composite bonding is less expensive and provides nearly instant, same-day results.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Before diving into composite bonding and its benefits, we should first discuss porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are a popular option for many looking to makeover their smiles. They are thin pieces of porcelain, similar in thickness to contact lenses, that cover the teeth.
Veneers are also shaped to match each patient’s natural teeth. Then, they are bonded to the front of the tooth or teeth to conceal stains, chips, and other imperfections.
Before bonding, however, a thin layer of enamel is removed, which weakens the underlying tooth.
For many dental patients, porcelain veneers can be an ideal choice for several reasons. For starters, they are virtually impossible to distinguish from natural teeth. They are also more resistant to stains and last longer than composite bonding.
Despite these benefits, porcelain veneers aren’t right for everyone. Unlike composite bonding, they aren’t reversible. Since enamel must be permanently removed, you can’t change your mind and decide not to wear them.
Veneers are also more costly than composite bonding and often take several trips to the dentist in order to complete.
What is Composite Bonding?
Unlike veneers, composite bonding is a fast, inexpensive, minimally invasive, and pain-free solution for making over your smile in no time at all.
While porcelain veneers can take multiple visits to complete, composite bonding can be completed in a single visit.
This quick, pain-free procedure involves the use of composite resin, which is moulded to the teeth to create a whiter, straighter smile that’s virtually impossible to distinguish from porcelain veneers. This makes it an ideal cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, and gapped teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Composite Bonding?
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, composite bonding is one of the easiest and least costly procedures. The composite resin used for the bonding process can also be applied, shaped, and polished to perfectly match the rest of your teeth.
As such, composite bonding is a popular option for patients looking to improve the appearance of chipped or discoloured teeth. However, it can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth, change the colour or shape of teeth, make teeth longer, and repair a decayed tooth.
Composite bonding can also be used as an alternative to amalgam fillings in order to create a flawless smile. It can also be used to protect the root of an exposed tooth or teeth due to gum recession.
Why Choose Composite Bonding for Your Smile?
For some patients with over or underbites and complex gaps and chips, composite bonding may not be ideal. However, for many patients in need of minor cosmetic repair, it’s the perfect solution.
In addition to being simpler, more affordable, and less complex than veneers, composite bonding doesn’t require enamel removal and is highly effective at correcting chips, filling in gaps, and solving other minor dental cosmetic issues.
How Do Composite Bonding Procedures Work?
Composite bonding is an effective and safe cosmetic dental procedure that has been widely used for decades.
The non-invasive, pain-free procedure typically begins with the application of a bonding agent to the treated tooth or teeth. Composite resin is then added and cured with the use of a special light.
After the composite resin has been applied, shaped, and cured, it is then polished to look remarkably similar to the rest of your teeth.
Since the process involves finesse and a high level of technique in order to look natural and match the rest of your teeth, it’s important to work with a dentist who specialises in composite bonding or has ample experience performing the procedure.
Is Aftercare Needed?
With daily brushing, flossing, and normal care, the composite resin used in the bonding process is durable and able to last quite a while without any special upkeep or dentist visits. However, as always, it’s important to make daily oral care and regular dental checkups a top priority.
Since composite bonding is susceptible to staining, you should also try to avoid coffee, tea, soda, red wine, and other stain-inducing beverages. Doing so will extend the time between treatments and keep your smile looking great for longer.
Contact 123 Dental to Makeover Your Smile Today!
At 123 Dental, we have years of experience performing smile makeovers and composite bonding procedures.
We also pride ourselves on listening to our patients, giving the right advice, and providing top-notch service to help fulfill their dental goals.
Ultimately, we aim to provide each patient with a smile they can be proud of, and we have the knowledge, experience, and tools to do exactly that.
With composite bonding, you’re only minutes away from a great smile.
Contact us and transform your smile today!