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Composite Bonding vs Veneers

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Composite Bonding vs Veneers - which is best?

It’s no secret that cosmetic dental treatments like veneers and composite bonding can vastly improve the appearance of your teeth. As a result, they have boomed in popularity in recent years, and many celebrities and public figures have pathed the way for dental cosmetic procedures, such as veneers and composite bonding. But which one is right for you? Here we’ll compare and contrast the two treatments to decide which is best for you.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or resin that are custom-made (for shape and colour) to cover the front surface of teeth. They are ideal for improving your smile and have become progressively more popular due to their conservative nature. The porcelain used in dental veneers is robust and durable and will resist staining better than natural tooth enamel. Resin veneers are often thinner than porcelain veneers and require less removal of tooth structure. Your Orthodontist can help you decide if veneers are the right choice for you.

Veneers are used to improve the following smile concerns:

  • Teeth that are discoloured or stained
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Misaligned, misshapen or uneven teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

Treatment Procedure

Dental veneers are attached with dental cement to the front of the teeth, visible when you smile. The procedure is usually completed in two office visits. During the first visit, your dentist at Frederick Dental Clinic Dublin 1 will prepare the tooth by lightly buffing it to allow for the small added thickness of the material used for the veneer. They will then take either an impression of your teeth or an intra-oral scan. Once the impression or the scan has been taken, Your dentist will use it to produce a custom-made restoration. Once the teeth have been prepared, your Orthodontist or dentist will place a temporary veneer to reduce the risk of sensitivity. During this appointment, your dentist will show you several tooth shades to ensure the correct shade match is chosen for your veneers.

Your second appointment will be to fit your new veneers! The dentist will start by gently removing the temporary veneers. The dentist will then clean the teeth and place the veneers on without being cemented. Your dentist will then show you the finished result before cementing the veneers to ensure you are happy with them. Once you are happy, they are cemented and light-cured, relieving your brand new smile.

Disadvantages of Dental Veneers

While dental veneers offer several advantages, there are also some potential disadvantages to consider. One of the main drawbacks of veneers is that they are not reversible. Once the tooth enamel is removed, it cannot be replaced. Additionally, veneers are not always as strong as natural teeth and may require more careful maintenance. It isn’t uncommon to experience some mild sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures after getting veneers; however, it does not improve you should visit your dentist. If you are considering dental veneers, discuss all the potential risks and benefits and your suitability with your Orthodontist.

Dental Crowns are not the same as Dental Veneers

If you’re looking for a smile makeover, it’s important to know the difference between veneers and crowns, as they can often be mistaken for each other. Veneers are designed to restore their natural tooth structure while achieving an attractive appearance. Veneers are similar to crowns; however, they are quite different and shouldn’t be mistaken. Though they may look similar, the preparation that goes into them is different. Crowns require a lot more tooth material to be removed, which can cause sensitivity, even after the crown has been placed. Crowning a tooth may require a root canal treatment before the crown is fitted. Although they are sometimes considered a cosmetic treatment, they are mostly used to restore function and stability to a tooth.

Composite Bonding

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, you may have encountered the term “composite bonding.” Composite bonding is a dental treatment that improves the aesthetics of your smile and is often used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment. Composite bonding can close gaps between teeth, change the shape of teeth, and improve the overall appearance of your smile. Orthodontists sometimes recommend composite bonding for patients with minor orthodontic issues or those looking for the ‘finishing touches’ after their orthodontic treatment. In most cases, composite bonding is a less expensive and less invasive alternative to veneers. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment and composite bonding, talk to your Orthodontist about whether composite bonding is suitable.

Composite bonding is a dental procedure in which tooth-coloured composite filling material is used to repair chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth. The composite filling material is attached to the tooth using a unique adhesive and then shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Composite bonding can be performed by your Orthodontist or dentist and is often done in one office visit. Thanks to advances in dental technology, the bond between the tooth and the composite resin are stronger than ever before, making it an excellent option for restoring your smile. Unlike veneers, the natural tooth does not require the same level as preparation for composite veneers; instead, the natural tooth’s appearance is manipulated with the filling material by adding on to the tooth.

Composite bonding and veneers are both popular options for improving the appearance of teeth. But which one is better? The answer is dependent on the individual’s specific needs and desired results.

Price Comparison

Generally speaking, composite bonding is less expensive than veneers and can be completed in one or two office visits. Composite bonding is used to correct various cosmetic dental problems, including chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth. However, composite bonding may not last as long as veneers, and the results are not always as natural-looking. This treatment uses a similar material for tooth-coloured fillings; because of the materials used, it is possible for them to stain, like natural teeth. Because of this, you may wish to reduce your consumption of high-pigmented foods and drinks, like curries and coffee.

Veneers are usually more costly than composite bonding, but they offer several advantages. Veneers are made of porcelain, ceramic or resin, which means they are more durable and longer-lasting than composite bonding materials. They also provide a natural-looking tooth appearance that can be difficult to achieve with composite bonding. However, veneers require two practice visits. Your dentist will discuss the positives and negatives of each option in detail and help you make the best decision for your smile.

So which option is best? Ultimately, the best treatment plan for your smile will depend on your budget and lifestyle. For example, composite bonding may be the way to go if you want a quick and affordable fix. However, veneers may be the better choice if you’re willing to invest in a longer-lasting solution.


If you are unhappy with the overall aesthetic of your teeth, composite bonding or veneers may be a good option. Composite bonding is a relatively quick and affordable way to improve the appearance of your teeth, while veneers can give you a more dramatic transformation. Both procedures are relatively simple and can be done in one visit at Frederick Dental Clinic Dublin 1. Book a consultation with one of our specialists today to determine which procedure is right for you. Our Orthodontists would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about these treatments