Try Bonding For Instant Results
If you don’t have the time for fixed braces and are in need of speedy improvement, consider composite bonding, a ‘tweakment’ which is surging in popularity. Bonding is when resin is added to the edges of the teeth to make them look straighter, but it can also be used to make teeth look longer, to close gaps between teeth, or to improve the appearance of a discoloured or chipped tooth. And as a drill isn’t required to secure the resin – unlike veneers – the treatment can be done in one sitting and it’s pain-free.
However, bonding isn’t suitable for those whose teeth aren’t in good alignment. And if you drink a lot of coffee, tea or red wine, keep in mind that composite will pick up stains. “Bonding can also chip and stain,” says Dr Rhona. “The technique is very sensitive. If not placed well, it can look poor, so do your research and ensure you’re seeing the best people. You’ll also need to ensure you’re seeing the dentist and hygienist regularly to make sure your bonding is cleaned and free of any plaque build-up, resulting in longer-lasting bonding that won’t chip prematurely.” Every dentist has their own fees, but the starting cost can be anywhere from £150 to £600.
Consider Veneers For A Teeth Transformation
Veneers may have a bad rap for looking fake, but Dr Rhona says they’re increasingly popular, including among men. “There have been some incredible developments in the world of veneers, meaning they can now be made ultra-thin for an even more natural result,” she tells SLMan. “When people think of veneers, they often think of Simon Cowell but this isn’t the case anymore. It’s all about the dentist you see, the technician who makes the veneers and the materials used.”
When it comes to materials, your options are either porcelain or composite veneers. Porcelain is a type of ceramic made in a lab, while composite veneers are hand-crafted from an acrylic resin directly onto the tooth. Porcelain is very durable and the material itself will last up to 12 years – they maintain a high polish and are stronger than composite veneers, which last five to seven years and tend to pick up more stains and chip more easily. Composite veneers can be applied in one appointment, while porcelain veneers require a longer process. Naturally, there’s also a price difference. If you’re going for the whole set, you’re looking at around £20,000 for porcelain and at least £6,000 for composite. “Porcelain veneers are the gold standard,” adds Dr Wiktor. “But composite veneers can look amazing and natural if done well.”