Composite and Porcelain Veneers

Composite veneers are less invasive and about a third of the cost of porcelain veneers. Traditionally they are found to not look quite as natural as  porcelain veneers, however with recent advances in composite technology they can look nearly as good.

If doing only one veneer they can be preferable as we can match it better to the adjacent teeth at the surgery. Porcelain veneers are made off site in a laboratory where the technician has no access to the patient.

With composite veneers, much less if any of the tooth structure has to be removed to create a nice appearance.This fits with our long term goal of interfering with teeth as little as possible.

Our teeth are flexible and will bend a little under large forces particularly if one bruxes their teeth when asleep. Composite in this situation is better as it will flex with the tooth whereas porcelain may  “pop off”  the tooth.

In the long term composite will wear at the same rate as our teeth while porcelain will not wear and will either grind out the opposing teeth or chip or break.

Here are some cases of composite veneers which,  with very little loss of tooth structure achieved quite good results.

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