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Cosmetic smile makeover with dental veneers and composite bonding in Southampton at Bridgeways Dental

Choosing your Smile Upgrade

Composite bonding vs ceramic veneers: what’s the difference?

In this blog post we shall be examining the similarities and differences between two of our most requested cosmetic dental treatments, to help you decide which might be the right one for you if you are considering making improvements to your smile.

Composite Bonding:

  1. Material – Composite bonding uses a tooth-coloured resin material that is applied directly onto the tooth surface. The resin is pliable and can be used to repair small chips or uneven edges, and even to reshape teeth. It can be applied freehand, or using a template from a smile design created in advance of the procedure.
  2. Minimally Invasive – One of the key advantages of composite bonding is its minimally invasive nature. The procedure typically requires little to no removal of natural tooth, making it a conservative option to enhance your smile. Although no alterations to the shape of the underlying tooth take place, the surface of the tooth must be prepared (roughened) to help the resin bond to the tooth. This means that it is difficult to remove without the risk of damage to the tooth should you decide you do not want it anymore. For this reason, it is considered irreversible, and so you should only have this treatment if you are sure about making permanent changes.
  3. Affordability  Composite bonding tends to be more budget-friendly compared to ceramic veneers. This makes it an attractive choice for people seeking cosmetic improvements without a significant financial investment. You can expect composite bonding to cost around £250 per tooth (freehand). If smile design is required, the costs will be higher to reflect this.
  4. Repairability – While durable, composite bonding is more prone to chipping, staining, and dulling over time compared to ceramic veneers. The good news is that small chips are often easily repairable, and the lustre of the composite bonding can be brought back to life with regular re-polishing (we recommend every 12-18 months). There are likely to be costs involved in the repair and re-polishing over time which you should account for when you are planning to go ahead with treatment
  5. Durability – Even if well looked after, composite resin is less durable than ceramic, so its life-span is shorter as a result. The average is around 5 years, however in some situations, patients can still be happy with their bonding after double this. This shorter duration is reflected in the cost.


Ceramic Dental Veneers

  1. Material – Veneers are thin shells typically made of porcelain or ceramic material. They are custom-designed to fit over the front surface of the teeth, providing a durable and natural-looking solution. They will normally be provided after a full smile design process where prototypes (either digitally or in person) will be seen to check the final result before it is delivered.
  2. Extensive Transformation – In most cases, veneers involve the removal of a small amount of enamel to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. This means that they can be used to totally change the shape, size and colour of a tooth. They can be used to correct minor irregularities in tooth position (however, consideration should always be given to whether orthodontic treatment to align teeth is carried out before veneers are placed for the best, longest lasting results)
  3. Longevity – Ceramic veneers are known for their durability and longevity. With proper care, they can last decades, making them a durable and lasting investment in your smile. This is reflected in the cost, and you can expect to pay anywhere from around £800 per tooth for a ceramic veneer, not including the design process to create a bespoke result.
  4. Stain Resistance – Unlike composite bonding, ceramic veneers are highly resistant to staining. They will also not lose their shiny surface, meaning that they will continue to look fresh for years to come. If you have a diet that is highly staining (e.g. a lot of tea or coffee!) you may find that veneers are more suitable for you.
  5. Repairability – Ceramic is inherently a brittle material, so although stronger than composite, you must look after your veneers and take care with the way you eat certain foods. If a veneer is damaged, it cannot easily be repaired, and it is likely that you will need to have the whole veneer replaced. In most cases we provide a nightguard to wear during sleep and provide protection from grinding.



Choosing between composite bonding and ceramic veneers depends on individual preferences, budget, and the extent of the desired smile transformation. While composite bonding offers a more affordable and minimally invasive option, ceramic veneers provide a durable, long-lasting solution for those seeking a comprehensive smile makeover.

If you are considering a smile transformation get in touch today and arrange a consultation to help determine the most suitable option for you, simply call 023 8086 8833 or send us a message via our contact page.