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23 Jun

Ceramic Veneers Vs Composite Bonding


Today, we would like to discuss the most common options for improving your smile: Composite Bonding and Ceramic Veneers.

When improving a smile, the goal is to enhance the aesthetic pleasure of contemplation, increase harmony, and respect the existing tooth structure.

Both options allow us to improve the existing dentition’s size, shape and shade.

full mouth composite veneers offer

In both cases, an extra layer is added to the tooth structure. Composite Bonding is the addition of a layer of a composite filling, a material traditionally used to fill cavities. Ceramic Veneers are lab-made solutions made of porcelain.

Composite Bonding is usually used for minor improvements. Composite is a type of plastic whose strength and longevity are lower than ceramic, but adding small changes to teeth is a cost-effective option. Being plastic, we can expect some chipping and degradation over time, so maintenance like frequent polishing or chipping repairs are expected.

Ceramic Veneers are usually the gold standard. Don’t miss out on our short YouTube video on the subject by clicking the link. Have you ever wondered why our sinks, dishes and bathtubs are made of porcelain rather than plastic? They get dirty often, but once we clean them, they are as spotless as the day we get them. Porcelain is the go-to option for superior aesthetics and longevity. Once bonded, they are as strong as enamel. Sometimes, we may need to gently polish or trim the tooth structure to make room for the veneers, but it doesn’t weaken the tooth. We often see cases branded as veneers on social media where patients’ teeth are shaven into pyramid-shaped pegs. Still, those are usually crown preparations (crowns are helmet-like ceramic restorations that restore weakened teeth). Another frequent concern is the way they will look. Most patients think about celebrities with big, white, opaque, sometimes unnatural-looking veneers. If that is what you want, veneers can do it, too, but that is usually the exception, not the rule. Veneers should blend perfectly with the natural dentition, so most celebrities with veneers don’t look like they have any work done; it just looks like they won the genetic lottery.

I invite you to look at our portfolio. There, you will find examples of both cases.

If you are unhappy about your smile or would welcome hearing your smile improvement options, feels free to contact us here at Maida Smiles Clinic for further details, we are conveniently located between St John’s Wood and Maida Vale.