What are composite veneers?

Why Composite veneers?

Composite veneers, or direct dental veneers, are a conservative approach to enhancing and improving your smile. A tooth coloured resin material is used to bond onto your tooth, allowing us to reshape and even whiten your teeth. The treatment involves minimal or no tooth preparation, and is reversible. Composite veneers are done in one single visit to any of our locations at either Hamilton, Morningside or Windsor. Depending on the number of teeth requiring veneers, it can take between 45 minutes to a few hours.

Composite veneers are often done because there are a few teeth which are out of alignment or that you don’t like the appearance of. This is all without doing any tooth preparation or affecting the natural tooth. We can perform these veneers on one or multiple teeth.

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What does it cost?

Composite veneers are a more affordable option compared to porcelain veneers. This is because the material is different. Composite veneer costs are based on the costs of tooth bonding which is around $600 to $800 per tooth.

The longevity of tooth bonding/composite veneers is typically around 5 to 7 years. To maintain their beautiful lustre and shape, the veneers require regular professional cleans and good oral hygiene. This allows you to keep the veneers looking as good as day 1.

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What to Expect?

Your smile makeover will begin with a FREE cosmetic dentistry consultation. During this consultation, we will discuss your goals and your desired result.

The dentist can then outline a customised treatment plan for your smile makeover. There are not many things that are as important to us than your self confidence and your beautiful, confident and natural smile.

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Before & After

For an example of what composite veneers can look like after their application, see below. The teeth are now more even in colouring, straighter and surface pitting and chipping is no longer visible.

Composite Veneer FAQs

What are composite veneers?

Starting with the basics, a veneer is a thin layer of material that covers the front of a tooth or several teeth, designed to improve their appearance. Composite veneers serve the same purpose and are made from a resin material. This resin is applied and shaped to the desired tooth or teeth, to improve their appearance.

How long do composite veneers last?

How long composite veneers last can be influenced by a range of factors, but generally they can last 5 to 7 years. It is important that during this time the veneers are well maintained through good oral hygiene and professional cleans to ensure they look their best and last well.

What is the difference between composite and porcelain veneers?

When looking at composite vs porcelain veneers, the main point of difference is the material used.

Their functionality remains the same – to add a thin layer over the teeth to improve their appearance and whiten them, however it’s the material that is used to achieve this look that changes between these veneer types.

Composite veneers use a resin material, which is then moulded to the tooth. Porcelain veneers on the other hand are thin porcelain shells that are then fixed to the outer surface of the tooth.

Where composite veneers do not require any work to be done to the teeth beforehand, porcelain veneers often require the teeth to be drilled first to create a smooth surface for the shells to be affixed to. At Smiling Dental we also offer porcelain veneers and you can learn more about them here

Can you whiten composite veneers?

Composite veneers can help even out your smile while also whitening it thanks to the resin material. The veneers themselves cannot be whitened using at-home kits or solutions, and in fact should be avoided.

The colour of your composite veneers can be maintained by professional cleans from your dentist. If you have questions or concerns about discolouration of your composite veneers over their lifespan, it is best to speak to your dentist who can provide options like a professional clean, or the possibility of replacing discoloured veneers.

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