In cosmetic dentistry we commonly use porcelain veneers or dental bonding to restore the surfaces of discoloured or misshapen teeth.
They can be placed using one of two methods: direct or indirect.
Direct composite bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a process whereby a composite resin material is directly bonded to your tooth. This method can also be used to place a composite filling.
Direct composite veneers can be bonded in one visit, having been manufactured by your dentist without the involvement of a laboratory. However, they are not as strong as the alternative. Also, directly bonded veneers lose their lustre after a while and need to be polished and maintained more often than porcelain. On the upside, they are the cheaper alternative.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are manufactured outside of the mouth, either chair side or in a laboratory, and then placed by your dentist. They are more natural looking, more durable and need less maintenance than composite. Porcelain veneers don’t change colour or loose their shine. On the downside, they are more expensive.
Your choice will be determined by your desired outcome and your short-term budget (remembering that maintenance comes at a cost).
At Smile Solutions we are happy to discuss all aspects of your cosmetic dental needs with you. Please contact one of our friendly reception staff to book an appointment.