What are composite veneers?
Composite Veneers are thin shells of filling material made to perfect and correct your smile, making it much more aesthetically pleasing. The treatment works to improve the colour, size, and shape of your teeth, whilst also closing any small gaps. Whilst composite veneers can be more limited in their durability and capability than their porcelain alternatives, they are the perfect quick-fix for improving minor aesthetic flaws.
Composite veneers vs porcelain veneers
But what are the differences between composite and porcelain veneers? Some of the main differences are the cost involved, reduced treatment time and the fact that composite veneers are minimally invasive. If you’re only looking to correct minor cosmetic flaws such as discoloured, chipped or eroded teeth composite veneers are perfect.
Porcelain veneers on the other hand, are much more invasive and require some ‘trimming’ of the tooth enamel in order to attach the veneer to. This takes more time, and usually between 3 to 4 treatments - making this not only more timely but also more costly. However, porcelain veneers are generally more durable and are perfect for more dramatic aesthetical fixes.
Why choose a composite veneer over a traditional porcelain veneer?
Composite Veneers can be done in one visit, we can make them chair-side and you would have your new teeth there and then.
They are more affordable than Porcelain Veneers.
If they break, the repair is a straightforward process.
There is no unnecessary filling down of your own teeth.
Composite Veneers can last up to 5 + years.
Can be used alongside teeth whitening for a brighter and whiter smile.
What happens during a composite veneer procedure?
Your composite veneers procedure will require one appointment only, due to the noninvasive techniques that mean teeth are not required to be prepared prior to the veneer placement. The composite is applied directly to the front surface of the teeth, moulded to the required look and is then set and bonded to the teeth.
From here, we perform a professional shape and polish service to leave you with the perfect smile. One of the key benefits of this dental procedure is how simple it is to reshape the composite (by adding or taking away composite) depending on your needs. Get in touch with our specialist dental team here at Zenith to arrange your initial consultation.
What Results Can I Typically Expect?
You can expect a fully functional and cosmetic result, suitable for even the most sensitive of patients. Get in touch with Zenith about your composite veneer consultation, and get back the smile that you deserve.
I have heard that porcelain veneers are stronger. Is this true?
Absolutely! Porcelain is by far the stronger material of the two materials and it often will look more aesthetic than composite veneers, but a more aggressive tooth preparation would be required. However, porcelain cannot be repaired and you would have to have a brand new veneer made.
Which is better? Composite or porcelain veneers?
It is important to consider all factors when choosing what type of veneer, of course, both would be performed to the best of our ability and do our very best to make sure you are happy with the treatment, however, cost, time and skill are all factors to take into consideration. As dental professionals, we need to determine what your goals are and what is it that you want to achieve and then we give our best advice based on the information you give us.
How do I book a consultation?
To begin your dental journey, call us today or use our online contact form and we’ll get in touch at a time most convenient for you.