Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent composite quality of today’s veneers provides a more natural look than what’s been available in the past
What are Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are a more cost effective, versatile, and less evasive alternative to porcelain veneers. They serve the same purpose, though instead of a cover being attached, the tooth is reconstructed through a build-up of composite filling material. As well as serving aesthetic and functional purposes to the same degree as porcelain veneers, composite veneers are much more flexible and versatile because they can be repaired, altered or re-done at any time.
When are Composite Veneers appropriate?
The beauty of composite veneers is that they can be used to treat a variety of dental conditions. Composite veneers are a good choice for patients with damaged, crooked and stained teeth, and teeth with irregular gaps.
Advantages of Composite Veneers:
- Can address a range of aesthetic concerns.
- Can restore existing tooth wear.
- Can be completed in one appointment.
- Minimal preparation, very conservative.
- Highly flexible and durable material.
- Easily adjusted and modified by a dentist.
- Treatment is reversible.
Disadvantages of Composite Veneers:
- Texture and finish can fade with time.
- Requires regular polishing, but this can be achieved during routine follow-up appointments.
- Can require maintenance, which is also addressed during routine follow up appointments.
Are Composite Veneers as good as Porcelain Veneers?
In reality Composite Veneers do not look as natural as porcelain veneers. They also start looking matt with time and do not retain the brilliance of natural teeth. They are more prone to staining and don’t last as long as porcelain veneers.