What are composite veneers?
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the years, and there are now several options available for people looking to improve the appearance of their teeth. Composite veneers are a popular choice for those looking for a non-invasive and cost-effective solution to improve their smile. In this article, we will delve into what composite veneers are, the benefits they offer, and how they differ from porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers explained.
Composite veneers are thin layers of tooth-coloured composite resin material that is applied to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. This procedure is considered a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment and is often used to improve the aesthetics of teeth that are discoloured, chipped, misaligned, or have gaps. Composite veneers can also be used to improve the shape and size of teeth, giving patients a more natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Benefits of Composite Veneers
One of the main benefits of composite veneers is that they are a more affordable option compared to porcelain veneers. This makes them an ideal choice for patients looking for a cost-effective way to improve the appearance of their teeth. Composite veneers are also less invasive than porcelain veneers, which involve removing a thin layer of the tooth’s surface to make room for the porcelain veneer. In contrast, composite veneers require minimal tooth preparation and can be applied in a single visit.
Composite veneers are also versatile and can be customized to match the colour, shape, and size of a patient’s natural teeth, resulting in a more natural-looking smile. They are also highly durable and can last 10 years and longer with proper care and maintenance. Unlike porcelain veneers, which can chip or break, composite veneers can be easily repaired if they get damaged.
Difference between Composite Veneers and Porcelain Veneers
While both composite veneers and porcelain veneers are used to improve the appearance of teeth, there are several key differences between the two procedures.
Composite veneers are made of a tooth-coloured composite resin material, while porcelain veneers are made of thin ceramic shells that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of the teeth.
Porcelain veneers are more durable and long-lasting than composite veneers, with a 90% survival rate of 20 years. Composite veneers, on the other hand, can last 10 years and longer with proper care and maintenance.
Porcelain veneers require a more extensive tooth preparation process, which involves removing a thin layer of the tooth’s surface to make room for the veneer. Composite veneers, on the other hand, require minimal tooth preparation and can be applied directly to the tooth’s surface.
Composite veneers are a more affordable option compared to porcelain veneers, which can be more expensive due to the custom fabrication process.
Statistics about composite veneers
- According to a survey conducted by the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, composite veneers are the second most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the UK after teeth whitening. The survey found that 23% of cosmetic dental treatments performed in the UK are composite veneers.
- Another survey conducted by National Smile Month found that 39% of UK adults are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. Of these, 31% are unhappy with the colour of their teeth, 26% are unhappy with the alignment of their teeth, and 19% are unhappy with the shape of their teeth. Composite veneers can address all these concerns, making them a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
- Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Conservative Dentistry found that composite veneers are a safe and effective treatment for improving the appearance of teeth. The study reported a success rate of 91% for composite veneers after two years of follow-up, indicating that they are a durable and long-lasting treatment option.
Composite veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment that offers patients a non-invasive and cost-effective way to improve the appearance of their teeth. They are highly versatile and can be customized to match a patient’s natural teeth, resulting in a more natural-looking smile. While they may not be as durable as porcelain veneers, they offer a more affordable and less invasive option for patients looking to improve their smile. If you are considering composite veneers, it is important to consult with a reputable dentist to determine if this is the right treatment option for you.
ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Clinically reviewed by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl
Written by: Dr Raul Costa
About the author:
Dr Raul Costa is a restorative dentist with a unique set of skills for dental aesthetics and a drive for ultra-conservative techniques. He qualified from the Lisbon Dental School in 2005 and has been practicing in London since 2008. He works with world-renowned ceramists in order to deliver natural-looking, life-like, crowns and veneers. He is also particularly talented and experienced with composite bondings and implant-supported restorations.