Similar to composite bonding, composite veneers use the same material. However, they cover the entire surface of the tooth instead of just a portion, which means patients can totally makeover their smiles cheaply without causing any damage to the underlying tooth.
Patients interested in a non-prep alternative to traditional veneers can find their perfect match with composite veneers.
*A full set of composite veneers (six teeth) would cost £1,650 or £38.36 per month, interest bearing 14.9% over 60 months. Or using 0% finance, £137.50 over 12 months.
Composite veneers are available on 0% finance over 12 months, extending interest-bearing terms 14.9% up to 60 months.
There are a few stark differences between composite and porcelain veneers – and it’s understandable for patients wanting to weigh up the benefits of the two treatments before progressing.
Porcelain veneers are more expensive but last longer, are not prone to staining, and tend not to chip as easily as composite veneers. But composite veneers can chip and break off. They are easy to repair, whereas you’d likely need to replace the entire porcelain veneer if this were to happen.
Porcelain veneers also offer superior durability, lasting up to 15 years (or longer), with composite lasting between 5 and 10. But then you have the question of preparation. With porcelain, you will require tooth enamel to be removed unless you opt for Lumineers, which are as thin as a contact lens and, in some cases, require no etching.
But this is nothing compared to what you see online with teeth filed down to stubs – that’s not veneers! However, the benefit of composite here is that it’s reversible, which means they require no prep as they’re applied directly to the tooth in layers.
Then, you have timing. If you don’t mind your dental treatment spanning over three appointments and a short 3-week wait period for veneers to be made, then porcelain will be right for you.
The porcelain shells are hand-crafted following a design from your dentist and impressions of your teeth – whereas try and imagine composite as a free hand.