Composite bonding vs veneers; which is better for you?

The world is somewhat abuzz with all things relating to cosmetic dental care.


And, as many people want to have whiter teeth without the sensitivity concerns of bleach-based whitening, there has been a shift in recent years towards obtaining whiter teeth using laminates. Placed over the teeth, these options can whiten, brighten and conceal imperfections on the teeth instantly, without damaging the enamel or the gums.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we are proud to be able to offer our patients 2 of the most popular laminate-based treatments in the field of cosmetic dental care; porcelain laminates and composite bonding Harley Street.

But which is better? Here, our team lists 5 things you may not know about composite bonding Harley Street when compared to porcelain veneers. Enjoy!


The way we fit composite bonding Harley Street and dental veneers are very different.

With veneers, we have to file part of the enamel off to place the dental cement and then the veneer. The composite option is placed straight onto the tooth and is shaped using a drill so no damage to the tooth occurs, making it the less invasive of the two treatments. However, as you may  have guessed, this type of finish requires a lot of skill to master, but our team is able to create a finish that will turn heads wherever you go!


When you have veneers fitted, you will need at least two visits to our team; the first to take the scans or the mould of the teeth and the second for the placement of the veneers. When you have composite coverings performed, we can place and shape them within one appointment, making them the more time-efficient option.


Composite coverings are more cost-effective for many patients; this is because they require no specific printing or shaping and they do not need a dental technician to create them in a laboratory. As they are shaped by our team, they can save you a lot of money with the same great finish as veneers.


Yes, porcelain veneers are hardy and can stand pressure being applied to them but so can composite options. They don’t chip, break or crack easily and you can use them to bite into tough foods. They are often used as part of crown fixtures too, which aim to rebuild the entire tooth from scratch.They are also naturally stain-resistant, making them a good long term option when it comes to restoring your smile.


When it comes to correcting minor imperfections in a tooth, such as chips or cracks, or hiding deeply rooted staining, both composite and veneers hold up well. Also, they are both used to correct issues with minor misalignments as well as concealing small cracks between the teeth. So, if you are looking for a way to spruce up your smile in a cost-effective manner without causing issues with oral sensitivity, it may be time to ask our team about composite laminates.

Remember, we will only advise the use of composite laminates if you have good overall oral health so, contact our team today for a checkup and consultation.