Dental Bonding vs. Veneers

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Dental Bonding versus Veneers in London

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding, also known as composite bonding, is a non-invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure used to enhance the appearance of the teeth. The procedure requires the application of a composite material called composite resin to the surface of the tooth. The composite resin is manually sculpted by the cosmetic dentist into the desired shape and then hardened, reshaping the tooth to the desired shape and size. The composite resin can be had in a wide range of shades to exactly match your natural tooth colour. As a result, a cosmetic dentist is able to exactly match the shade, texture and translucency of natural teeth. The dental bonding process is also pain free given the cosmetic dentist works only on the outer enamel of the tooth, which has no sensations in it. Dental bonding enables the cosmetic dentist to quickly make minor changes to teeth shape and size, providing for beautiful, natural looking results.

Dental Bonding is used to fix a number of issues – it can be used to repair small tooth chips and cracks, fix discolouration to a tooth, correct minor misalignments issues and also repair worn out teeth. Dental bonding can be undertaken on as many teeth as need. It is quick and can typically be completed in one to two visits.

Close up of composite bonding before and after the procedure


Veneers are a hugely popular cosmetic dentistry procedure used by millions of people across the world for improving their smile. Porcelain Veneers are especially popular for full smile makeovers and smile design procedures. Composite Veneers are increasing gaining popularity as a more cost effective alternative to porcelain veneers. Porcelain Veneers involve placing a custom created shell of thin porcelain onto the front face of the tooth to improve its appearance, thus providing an aesthetically pleasing smile to the patient. The thin porcelain shell is bonded to the front of the tooth, allowing the cosmetic dentist to change the size, shape, length and colour of the underlying tooth in the process. Porcelain veneers are popularly used to fix a range of cosmetic dental issues such as closing gaps between your teeth, fixing minor protruding or misaligned teeth and whitening discoloured teeth.

Porcelain Veneers are indeed very popular with both patients and also cosmetic dentists. Porcelain shells can be made to match the texture and shade of the surrounding teeth exactly, providing the patient with natural looking results.

Process – Dental Bonding vs. Veneers

How does Dental Bonding work?

Dental Bonding or Composite Bonding is a very popular cosmetic procedure in London that is often used to improve the size, shape and colour of individual teeth. It can be used on a single tooth or multiple teeth.  Dental bonding doesn’t require needles or any anaesthetics and can often be completed in just one visit. The cosmetic dentist first picks a shade of composite resin that matches the colour of your teeth exactly. The composite resin material is then carefully applied to the tooth surface, without grinding or damaging the underlying healthy tooth (typically). The cosmetic dentist then shapes the resin like putty to correct tooth imperfections. The composite resin is hardened using a special light and then polished to produce beautiful results. Many of our cosmetic patients find dental bonding as their treatment of choice given its quick, pain free and very cost-effective as compared to other cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers.

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How do Veneers work?

Veneers are typically made from two kinds of materials – Ceramic / Porcelain and Composites. Advances in dental related technology and composite bonding systems has revolutionised the use of both porcelain veneers and composite veneers for ‘smile design’ treatments. During the Initial cosmetic consultation, the cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth and assess your cosmetic needs to provide you with suitable treatment options – porcelain veneers vs composite veneers. The cosmetic dentist will discuss the options in detail to help you decide what options will work the best for your needs. The dentist will also take pre-procedure images and conduct shade checks. As part of the smile design procedure, the cosmetic dentist will take impressions of your teeth to enable the creation of a diagnostic wax up of your upcoming veneer treatment. The wax-up model, as its known, will enable you to physically visualise and then approve the treatment plan, expected results and the final outcome.

At the second stage or appointment, the teeth will be minimally prepared. The cosmetic dentist will again take an impression of the teeth and will send it to the laboratory along with your smile design wax-up for custom preparation. Temporary veneers will be created to provide a provisional restoration that is aesthetically pleasing. At the final stage, the cosmetic dentist will remove the provisional veneers and fit your custom made veneers. The finished results will then be shown to you for your assessment. Once you are happy and satisfied with the appearance and fit of the veneers, the dentist will then bond the veneers to the teeth, providing you with a new natural looking smile.

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Whites Dental provides Dental Bonding vs Veneers details on our website in order to provide our patients with a comparison between various cosmetic dentistry treatments.  Our cosmetic dentists offer a range of cosmetic procedures such as Smile Makeovers, Smile Design, Composite Bonding, Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers. We are located in London Waterloo, right next to Southwark tube. We are a 10 minutes’ walk from Borough, Elephant and Castle, London Bridge and Southbank stations.

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