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Composite Veneers

Composite Veneers Port Macquarie

Composite dental veneers involve directly placing tooth-coloured material (composite resin) over your natural teeth like facings. They can change your smile by covering chips, stains or damaged teeth. We can also use this technique to alter the shape of your teeth making them longer, wider or closing gaps depending on your cosmetic concerns. When patients visit our practice for a cosmetic dental consultation, we discuss both options of porcelain veneers [internal link] or composite veneers as both can provide striking results. Keep reading to find out more about composite veneers and how they compare to porcelain veneers.

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How long does it take to get composite veneers?

Composite veneers are completed in a single appointment lasting between 2-3 hours depending on the complexity of the restoration.

You may choose composite veneers as a stand-alone treatment, or in conjunction with other cosmetic dental treatments to achieve your desired outcomes. For example, teeth straightening before veneer placement if you have very crooked teeth or cosmetic injectables may also be considered to correct a ‘gummy smile’ or create fuller lips [internal link] to frame your new smile.

Can anyone have composite veneers?

If your teeth and gums are healthy and you don't have any underlying bite issues then generally speaking you are a candidate for veneers. For most people, the decision to have veneers is a very personal one, and it depends on how important it is for them to change their smile.

Composite veneers do, however, have more limitations than porcelain veneers, and in the case of extensive restorations to tooth structure, porcelain veneers may be a better choice for their superior strength.

What is the difference between porcelain and composite veneers?

Ultimately both types of 'veneers' provide an improved tooth shape and enhanced smile. However, because they are two very different materials, there are contrasts between the two options that we cover in detail during your initial cosmetic consultation.

Some of the differences are:

  • composite veneers need less tooth reduction, so they are a conservative option, especially for younger patients and those that don't have very damaged teeth
  • touching up or fixing a chipped composite veneer, if you happen to have an accident, can be easier and quicker, with a porcelain veneer this may need to be remade unless it's a minor chip
  • Composite materials are more sophisticated today and do an excellent job of mimicking natural tooth luminosity. However, the optical traits of porcelain are still superior.
  • Composite veneers don't typically last as long as porcelain veneers. The material used is more porous than porcelain so with time they will stain, the extent will depend on dietary habits (some foods will stain more than others)
  • Both options have their place in cosmetic dentistry, and during your consultation, we will discuss all these aspects with you to help you make an informed decision about which one is right for you.

How long can I expect my composite veneers to last?

With care and excellent oral hygiene, you can expect a composite veneer to last around 5-7 years. Like teeth, they may stain over time, and dietary habits will influence the extent of staining. Routine dental visits and professional cleaning will help keep them in the best shape.

How much do composite veneers cost?

Composite veneers tend to be more budget friendly than porcelain veneers, depending on your individual needs they are usually between $400-600 per tooth.

Ready to learn how we can transform your smile with composite veneers?

Contact us on 02 6583 4055 or request a consultation today by clicking the button below and we will get back to you with times to suit your schedule.

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