Composite Veneer Guide for 2021: Cost, Risks, and All You Need to Know

Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers?  Find out what suits YOU best.

by SMILE CONCEPTS on 8 June 2021 

A re you looking for a dental veneer option to transform your smile? You’ve been looking at composite veneers for a while and haven’t made up your mind?

Good. You’ve come to the right place.

Composite veneers are designed by hand and placed directly onto your tooth in just one appointment.

Sounds brilliant, right?

The truth is: these affordable veneer designs work well for quick cosmetic results when you have a significant aesthetic issue that needs covering up.

However, they work quite differently than more traditional porcelain veneer options.

In this blog, we won’t cover details on what composite veneers are. Keen to learn more on that? Click here.

Understanding the pros and cons of composite veneers will help you make the best decision when it comes to your smile’s potentials.

#01 – First thing first

Cost of Composite Veneers

When you compare the price of composite veneers to traditional options like porcelain, the cost is much less because of the quality of materials involved. 

Meanwhile, if you look at the stunning results of porcelain veneers, you will truly appreciate how incredibly natural-looking they are (See some Real Case Before & Afters of Porcelain Veneers here)!

In general, the cost of a composite veneer is typically half that of higher-tier aesthetic designs. 

So when you have a specific tooth with significant cosmetic issues and need to address it straightaway, composite veneers will be your most affordable option.

However, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for. If you were to go with a more budget-savvy restoration on multiple teeth, you wouldn’t see the same type of benefits and advantages that you do from the better aesthetic alternative. 

The truth is, it could even cost you more over time, because multiple teeth might require frequent touchups.

In our clinic, we frequently have patients enquire about switching to porcelain veneers after they have had composite veneers done before. Most often, the reason being that they are not happy with the result composite veneers are able to deliver.

While we are able to tailor to your needs, we would highly recommend that you think in the long run, as you could end up paying a lot more if you decide to have porcelain veneers later on.

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#02 – Know Your Veneers

Risks & Quality of Composite Veneers

While composite veneers only cost a fraction of what a porcelain veneer does, they are not as durable when it comes to heavy biting and chewing.

If you are a grinder, be extra careful.

Why is that?

Well, because excessive clenching or even biting into something too hard could potentially fracture the composite depending on how large the restoration actually is.

Note: the average lifespan of these restorations is about half of porcelain veneers due to the material.

We will soon talk about the final result of Composite veneers too.

Since composite veneers are more brittle, we highly advise sleeping in a night-guard or bite splint at night. 

This protective appliance can safeguard your entire smile against premature wear or accidental fractures. 

However, it can’t protect you during the daytime hours when you’re chewing.

So why would anyone get a composite veneer if it’s more brittle than a porcelain version? Because not all teeth are used for heavy load-bearing. 

If you have a single, smaller tooth with surface flaws, it may be more cost-effective to cover the individual tooth.

In this case, you can see if the composite veneer lasts as opposed to going straight into a full set of porcelain veneers. 

But if you know you’ll be using that tooth for biting and cutting into food every time you eat, it’s probably best to go with the porcelain alternative.

#03 – Result Expectations

Final Result of Composite Veneers

Since composite materials are a solid opaque colour, they’re ideal for smaller surface areas or teeth that may not be as prominent in your “smile zone”.

Because if you were to place multiple composite veneers across your upper front teeth, it would make them more noticeable. But just one here or there has the potential to blend in better overall.

In contrast, traditional porcelain veneers offer a more lifelike, translucent colour and hue,

They make your teeth look more natural looking when it comes to treating your front teeth or several all at once.

Experience the Difference between porcelain & composite veneers. 

We would highly recommend you check out some examples of the cosmetic dentist’s work to have a look and feel of their style just to make sure that it aligns with your expectations. 

What’s important is that you check out their before and after photos so that you could see the quality of their cosmetic dental work.

Wondering how porcelain veneers look like in real life? Here’s a few example of Dr. Shah’s smile transformation cases below:

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Composite or porcelain, it can be an easy decision to make.

It depends on individual cases.

That means, when you’re trying to decide between a composite veneer and more aesthetic porcelain veneers, your decision will depend on how many teeth are involved and just now noticeable they are. 

Even though it’s technically a tooth-coloured material, it’s better to use composite veneers on teeth that don’t stand out quite as much.

#04 – Decision making…

Make An Informed Decision

So how do you make the best decision without regretting  later?

Book a consultation with one of our Best Sydney dentists today for a professional opinion! 

This will equip you with the correct information from the start and ensure that your decision will be a well-informed one in the long run.

Dr Manish and Dr Kinnar Shah will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you select an aesthetic solution that best benefits your smile goals!

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