Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Composite Veneers


Considerations between Porcelain & Composite Veneers

Drawbacks of composite veneers

  • extreme changes may be not be suited. If the teeth are more crowded or have moderate or severe wear and bite changes, there are more benefits to using porcelain veneers.
  • composite veneers have a higher chance of being chipped and stained. Whilst composite veneers are strong, they are not as strong as porcelain.
  • composite veneers will slowly darken over the years relative to porcelain veneers that do not stain or darken over time


Drawbacks of porcelain veneers

  • If the ceramist who makes the porcelain veneer is not highly skilled or the dentist is using an in expensive lab, the porcelain veneer will look about as good as a well done composite veneer
  • The best dental laboratory ceramists can make porcelain veneers look better, more natural and vital than any composite veneer. Make sure if you are getting porcelain veneers, your dentist is working with the best laboratory ceramists


How long do composite veneers last?

The life span of a veneer depends on the amount of "wear and tear" the veneer is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits. Composite veneers may need replacements earlier and more frequently comared to porcelain veneers. In general, porcelain veneers between 5 to 15 or more years as porcelain veneers are strong ceramics created by dental technicians in dental laboratories. The lifespan of composite veneers is may range between 5 to 10 years or need periodotic maintenance.


How Much Do Composite Veneers Cost?

Composite veneers costs significantly less compared to porcelain veneers. Composite veneers typically cost about half as much as porcelain veneers.


How Do I Care for My Composite Veneers?

Composite veneers will slowly darken over the years and the only way to lighten the veneer is to replace it. Composite may also looses its polish quicker as compared to porcelain veneers, but they can be repolished at cleanings.

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