Porcelain veneers are generally more durable than composite bonds, however, both can last for many years with proper aftercare. If damage does occur, bonds can easily be repaired, while cracked veneers will need to be replaced.
Veneers and composite bonding require similar care to ensure they last as long as possible. To maintain both treatments, you’ll need to:
- Limit or avoid foods and drinks that stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea and wine. Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant than composite bonding, but both are liable to discolouration
- Wear a mouthguard if you take part in any contact sports, as impact could cause damage to the treatment
- If you suspect you grind your teeth, speak to your dentist who may advise wearing a mouth guard at night
- Avoid biting on objects that may chip the material, such as pen lids
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. If you have veneers, your gums and the tooth underneath are still subject to gum disease and tooth decay, so it’s important to continue a good oral care routine. For advice on caring for veneers, speak to your dentist who can provide further guidance
- Arrange regular check-ups and hygiene appointments to maintain good oral health and spot any issues early on
7. Length of treatment
Composite bonding is a fast solution and can usually be completed in one appointment. Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit your mouth, so it takes at least two visits to have them fitted. Find out the treatment stages involved in fitting composite bonds and porcelain veneers.