What are the alternatives to composite bonding?
The usual alternative options to composite bonding are:
- Veneers - A veneer is a thin moulding custom-made from porcelain, which is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. They can also be used to cover gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment may not be suitable.
- Crowns - A crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that’s placed over the entire visible portion of your tooth. A crown will feel and function just like any of your other teeth. And if you choose to have a porcelain crown, it will be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Both of these alternatives cause some damage to teeth. Veneers are a popular option which can last for many years but as they are made from porcelain, the tooth has to be cut down to fit them, which causes some permanent damage. Similarly, for a crown to be fitted, a dentist has to remove some of the healthy part of your tooth.
Bonding is a quick, less expensive and non-invasive procedure, and it can be easily repaired if damaged or broken.
Talk to your dentist about your options. They will be able to advise you on whether composite bonding is the right treatment for you. Alternatively, speak to your local Bupa Dental Care practice, they'll happily answer any questions you might have.