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Should you choose composite bonding or porcelain veneers in Birmingham?

The porcelain veneer was created in the 1980s, and has grown in popularity as a means of improving the teeth since then. Here at St Paul’s Square Dental, we have a wealth of experience and expertise at creating and fitting veneers in Birmingham, so if it is something you are considering, we will be happy to help.


Composite bonding is something we also offer, and it’s a very similar kind of treatment. The crucial difference between the two is that a special composite material is used instead of porcelain. It is similar to what is used for white tooth fillings.


Porcelain veneers


Porcelain veneers were initially made to prevent the dentist from doing pre-treatment preparation – including altering the natural teeth in any way. However, the result of this was that some patients found that after the veneers had been applied, their teeth felt much thicker and more dense.


In some cases, this had an impact on the health of the patient’s gums, as bacteria became trapped between the tooth and the veneer; causing damage over time.


As dental technology developed, dentists were able to use digital technology to prepare for fitting veneers safely. This included some preparation of the tooth, in order to craft it into a perfect fit for each individual patient.


Composite bonding


Composite materials have advanced quite dramatically in the past ten to fifteen years. Many of them are considerably improved in appearance and can be extremely natural looking in comparison with the rest of the teeth. These materials can look as good as porcelain veneers in Birmingham when applied by professionals with lots of experience like us here at St. Paul’s.


Because composites are applied like a putty or thick paint to the tooth, they can be made very thin to allow the best possible fit. This kind of treatment is usually less expensive than getting porcelain veneers, making it a popular choice for many.


Which treatment should you go for?


Neither composite bonding nor porcelain veneers are perfect treatments: both have their potential pitfalls. Should you then just go for the composite option to try and save some money? Not necessarily. Composite resin is by nature a porous material. The result of this is that plaque and bacteria can become trapped inside, and the resin can also become stained or discoloured over time.


Composite bonding does usually last as long as porcelain veneers, and some patients need this replaced after three or four years. Porcelain veneers do not stain over time, and are not porous; making them much more durable. In many cases, the patient can expect them to last many years – sometimes as much as twenty – provided that the appropriate care is taken with regard to oral hygiene.


We can recommend the best option for your individual circumstances: contact us to discuss the treatment you’re looking for and the great results you can expect!

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