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What are composite veneers?
Composite veneers are another way to change your smile. A veneer is a thin layer of material that will be placed over your natural teeth. Composite veneers are a more cost-effective versatile and less invasive alternative to porcelain veneers.
They allow you to change your colour, shape, size or length of your teeth and essentially serve the same aesthetic and functional purposes as porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers can be repaired very easily and completed relatively quickly.
Before and after composite veneers
Are composite or porcelain veneers better?
Composite veneers can look amazing however they’re not as natural looking as porcelain veneers. Composite veneers can be more prone to chipping and staining therefore generally don’t last as long as porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers are quite often used as a temporary alternative to porcelain veneers.
Composite Veneer FAQs
What problems can be corrected with composite veneers?
The list of indications of composite veneers is similar to that of porcelain veneers.
These include -
- aligning crooked teeth,
- reducing excess gum when smiling,
- changing the colour of your teeth to make them whiter,
- increasing the width of your smile,
- improving the size of your teeth,
- replacing older cosmetic treatments, and
- addressing issues with worn down teeth due to clenching and grinding
How long will composite veneers last?
Composite veneers are not as durable as porcelain veneers and tend to last between 5 to 10 years.
How long composite veneers last, depends on the quantity of food and drink you consume that is known to stain your teeth e.g. coffee, tea, juices and soda.
Composite veneers may result in staining after only a couple of years.
Will I need to destroy my teeth to get composite veneers?
Composite veneers usually require minimal to no preparation of the tooth surface and as such the treatment is done without anaesthetic.
This means that the procedure is pain free and causes no damage to your teeth underneath the composite veneers.
Does it look like I have composite veneers as opposed to natural teeth?
It is important that we assess your options thoroughly when we meet you for an initial consultation. Sometimes composite veneers will not be suitable for you or there will be better alternative to suit you, such as Invisalign.
If we believe that you were not going to get a natural result for your smile, our recommendation would be to complete an alternative treatment. Usually poor results are a result of poor planning and/or lack of experience.
What is the cost of composite veneers?
The fee for composite veneers starts from $300 per tooth. The fee can vary depending on your individual circumstances and complexity of treatment.
The fees vary depending on the complexity of treatment and how natural of a look you want to achieve, as well as the artistry involved in achieving the personal results.