While composite bonding is one of our most popular treatments, we do offer other options which are popular for a variety of other reasons. Those who are considering composite treatments may instead opt for porcelain veneers, as they are similar but porcelain veneers will last much longer than composite veneers. Typically, composite veneers will last up to 5 years whereas porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years, providing better results for a longer period of time. The application of porcelain veneers is also a little different to composite veneers and instead of applying a layer of composite material to the tooth, a wafer-thin layer of porcelain material will be applied over the tooth. The same effects of whitening and teeth straightening can be achieved, however, the key bonus being that porcelain veneers can't be discoloured in the same way that composite materials can.
The lifespan of porcelain veneers are also much longer meaning that they're a better long term investment and will save you many trips to the dentists across those 15 years. While the veneers aren't as susceptible to discolouration, they must still be looked after and cared for to prevent any decay. As long as you follow our guidance on how to correctly look after the veneers, you will be free of problems and can enjoy long-lasting results. If you have relatively healthy teeth, we would recommend a composite treatment as this is less invasive and consists of us applying the material to your teeth, whereas with porcelain veneers we remove a minimal layer of your tooth to be replaced with the porcelain material. This makes porcelain veneers perfect if your tooth enamel is wearing down, your teeth are misaligned or discoloured, or if there are cracks and chips in your teeth.
Depending on what results you're looking to achieve from a composite veneers treatment, there are other options for more permanent straightening. For example, if you want to correct crooked or misaligned teeth, the other alternative would be our Clear X Aligners treatment. Of course, this isn’t a treatment you can complete in a single day unlike our composite procedures, but they will leave your teeth permanently straighter afterwards. They won't whiten your teeth in the same way composite treatments will either, but that is still an option once your teeth are much straighter. Clear X Aligners work in a way similar to Invisalign, but consist of only one aligner tray per 3 “boosts” (when the booster changes the shape of the aligner) which is used to move your teeth. The aligners are heated and reshaped by the booster container using 4D technology. This innovative method has proven more effective than standard Invisalign options and will give you well aligned, straight teeth.