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Porcelain Veneers VS Composite Veneers: Which Is Best For You?

Surprisingly to some, dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments, with the treatment exploding in popularity in the UK in the past few years. Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, which completely transform the way the teeth look, giving clients the smile they always dreamed of!

The main advantage of having veneers is that it creates exceptional results and completely transforms the smile. Contrary to popular belief, veneers also require minimal preparation, conserving the maximum amount of natural tooth underneath. 

As a pain-free treatment, veneers are very quick and only take around five appointments following your free consultation. With good maintenance and care, your veneers can last you for many years to come, which makes them an excellent investment if you value a white, bright smile!

However, before you have veneers done, you’ll need to make a big decision as to whether porcelain veneers or composite veneers are better suited to you, your lifestyle and budget. This guide compares porcelain and composite veneers to help in making your decision.

Porcelain Veneers VS Composite Veneers

When you choose to have an innovative and modern treatment like veneers at your professional Essex dental clinic, you’re already well on your way to improving the aesthetics of your teeth. This does mean that you will need to choose which material you want your veneers to be made from, with the two main choices being porcelain veneers and composite veneers

Veneers can also be used to close in small gaps in the teeth when orthodontics aren’t always the most suitable option. As an example, veneers can be fitted to bring one tooth into line with the others if it is even slightly out of position.

Both materials are incredible at transforming your smile, but which is right for you depends on various factors. Of course, when you visit our dental clinic, we’ll talk with you to discuss what you’re looking for and recommend the best solution for you based on your budget and preferences. 

Porcelain Veneers

As the more natural option, porcelain veneers have the same appearance of natural teeth, with the translucent quality strongly resembling the enamel of the natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers are by far, the most durable veneer material option and are incredibly strong and resistant to stains and chips, making them ideal for more permanent wear. When properly maintained, porcelain veneers can last for well over a decade or even 20-30 years. 

Porcelain Veneers

Often described as the gold standard in cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers create a beautiful and natural appearance which aim to mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth in a way that blends naturally.

While porcelain veneers can cost slightly more than composite veneers due to the need for them to be created in a dental laboratory, they do, however, last longer than composite veneers and are known to be slightly more durable.

Porcelain veneers do require some dental preparation, although this is very minimal and conservative to protect the enamel.

The only disadvantage of porcelain veneers is that they can take longer to create than composite veneers. Unlike composite veneers, porcelain veneers give more of a polished and detailed appearance, hence why they do take longer than composite veneers.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers can be quicker to create in comparison to porcelain veneers and can even be completed in one single visit. Made from resin, composite veneers are bonded directly to the teeth and sculpted to the desired shape. Similar to porcelain veneers, composite veneers can improve the following dental problems:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers tend to be sculpted when placed on the tooth, which can make the treatment quicker and less invasive, although the difference in that respect is minor. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers are easy to reverse due to the minimal preparation on your natural teeth, meaning that composite veneers are better suited if you aren’t looking for a longer-term solution.

Composite veneers can be used for treating a wide range of cosmetic dental problems and can improve the colour, shape, size and texture of teeth to make them more attractive by fixing minor chips and cracks in the teeth. 

Whilst most of our customers do opt for porcelain, composite veneers are ideal if you have a smaller budget. Both composite and porcelain are effective in transforming your smile, however, which material is right for you will depend on some factors.

Get Your Perfect Smile

We will speak to you about both of your options and whether porcelain veneers are better suited to you than composite veneers during your free consultation. From your initial appointment, through to the completion of your treatment and any check-ups along the way, we will guide and support you.

Aftercare is the most important step in prolonging the life of your porcelain veneers so we do recommend visiting your Essex dentist every six months for professional cleaning and have them examined once a year.

We also have an excellent selection of cosmetic dentistry procedures if you are undecided whether porcelain veneers are right for you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Enhancing Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are favoured by many celebrities to create the perfect long-lasting smile and are quite often used to fix existing issues with teeth, including teeth that are chipped, gappy, overcrowded, discoloured or misshapen.

Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite (resin composite materials), however, porcelain usually tends to be the more popular choice for aesthetic reasons. They can improve the colour, shape and positioning of your teeth.

This guide answers some common questions asked by our patients who enquire about our porcelain veneers procedure, including the differences between porcelain and composite veneers, the benefits, what to expect and how much the treatment will usually cost.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are thin pieces of ceramic that are fixed to the front of your teeth and are most often applied to just the top set of teeth. They can give a natural and healthy appearance to your teeth and are held in place by a special strong bond adhesive. Even clients with perfectly healthy teeth may wish to have veneers to ‘upgrade’ their smile from nice, to perfect.

Porcelain veneers provide many benefits, including exceptional results, minimal preparation and they also conserve the natural teeth underneath. The treatment usually takes around five appointments following your free consultation at our Essex dental clinic.

With maintenance and care, porcelain veneers will last for many years to come and are an excellent investment if you’re interested in completely transforming your smile.

Veneers can also be used to close in small gaps in the teeth when orthodontics aren’t always the most suitable option. As an example, veneers can be fitted to bring one tooth into line with the others if it is even slightly out of position.

If you do have chipped teeth, veneers can make your tooth look whole again by covering the entire tooth, with a thicker piece of porcelain covering the section where the tooth has been chipped. This makes your tooth feel more natural against your tongue.

Many people have the misconception that veneers are oversized and feel ‘clunky’ in your mouth, however, this is not true. The amount of enamel removed from your teeth is very minimal as your teeth are designed to be the same thickness as you are used to. 

Maintaining Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can last approximately 5-15 years and do not require any special care other than regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist. Depending on how well you care for your porcelain veneers, they may even last 20-30 years. Of course, aftercare is the most important step in prolonging the life of your porcelain veneers so we do recommend visiting your Essex dentist every six months for professional cleaning and have them examined once a year.

Similar to having natural teeth, we do advise you to take every care with your porcelain veneers and avoid hard foods such as toffee, apple, crusty bread, or nuts.

Veneers are also susceptible to tooth decay so it is important that you maintain your oral health in order to make the most of your veneers.

Are Veneers Painful?

No, having veneers fitted is not painful. Patients who visit other dental clinics for porcelain veneers often say that their treatment was uncomfortable as their teeth became more sensitive. However, we ensure that every dental procedure is completely painless using our extensive experience in dentistry and our investment in medical technology. 

We offer painless dentistry which is second to none to ensure that every patient is relaxed and comfortable for a positive dental experience. This is great news if you’re interested in porcelain veneers, but worried about pain or discomfort you may endure during the procedure.

Unlike other dental clinics, we take our time to make sure every care is taken to avoid you feeling pain or discomfort. We believe that a good dentist will try their best to make dental treatments as non-invasive as possible.

Not only can you enjoy relaxing spa treatments during your dental treatments, but you also have a choice whether or not you would prefer to use IV sedation if you do experience dental anxiety.

What’s the Difference Between Composite and Porcelain Veneers?

When choosing to have veneers, you’ll need to choose between which material to have, which are typically composite veneers or porcelain veneers. Whilst most of our customers do opt for porcelain, composite veneers are ideal if you have a smaller budget. Both composite and porcelain are effective in transforming your smile, however, which material is right for you will depend on some factors.

Composite veneers do cost less as they are easier and quicker to create by sculpting the shame whilst it is placed on the tooth. However, composite veneers are not as long-wearing as porcelain veneers which are much more durable and resistant to stains and chips. Porcelain veneers can last for over a decade when well maintained.

Porcelain veneers are often thought of as more natural in appearance than composite veneers as the enamel of the natural tooth appears more similar to the porcelain than the composite.

Due to the minimal preparation for composite veneers on your natural teeth, composite veneers are extremely easy to reverse if you ever change your mind.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

The cost of porcelain veneers depends on whether or not your natural teeth are chipped and if you decide to have the top teeth covered or both sets. Our porcelain veneers are priced from £769 per tooth. Please note that 0% finance is available with no deposit needed.

Get Your Perfect Smile

We will speak to you about both of your options and whether porcelain veneers are better suited to you than composite veneers during your free consultation.

From your initial appointment, through to the completion of your treatment and any check-ups along the way, we will guide and support you.

We also have an excellent selection of cosmetic dentistry procedures if you are undecided whether porcelain veneers are right for you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-beautiful-woman-smile-dental-health-care-clinic-image32541618There are various reasons why a person may be unhappy with their teeth. But the good news is that there are many ways to improve a smile using modern cosmetic dentistry!

Invisalign and Smilelign

Few people are lucky enough to be born with straight, asymmetrical teeth. More and more people are leaning about the benefits of the Invisalign and Smilelign System. It uses a series of clear, removable, plastic aligners which are customised and made specifically for your teeth. There are no metal wires or brackets. As your teeth move little by little, week by week, all you need to do it replace each aligner every two weeks. Over a period of six months to a year, the Invisalign system moves the teeth into their perfect position, resulting in a more beautiful, balanced smile. Continue reading Want Perfectly Straight Teeth?

Common Myths of Shaving Teeth Before Veneers

Possibly the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, veneers have given tens of millions of people the smile they want in just a few visits. However, many patients who visit us believe that it’s normal to have teeth shaved before veneers, which isn’t true!

Traditionally, teeth had to be prepared to accommodate veneers, but over the recent years, technology and materials have advanced making it possible (in some cases) not to prepare your teeth. Fortunately, this means less invasive procedures to achieve that perfect smile. 

With that being said, we often see many patients for emergency dental treatment after they have visited a dental clinic elsewhere to have their teeth shaved down by another clinic. This has become a growing trend, with more and more Brits heading over to different countries to have this treatment carried out very cheaply. 

Unfortunately, we do strongly advise against travelling abroad to get veneers in Turkey or any other countries outside of the UK who offer this service for a fraction of the usual cost. It goes without saying, treatment to reverse damage caused by poorly fitted veneers and shaved teeth can be more costly than having the veneers fitted by a professional dentist.

In this article, we discuss the different options available today such as no-preparation veneers, composite veneers, Lumineers and porcelain veneers. 

Composite Veneers

What is a composite veneer? A composite veneer is made of a composite resin filling material. It is placed over the entire front surface of the tooth to improve its aesthetic appearance and changes the tooth height, shape and shade.

Composite veneers are great at improving many dental problems, including:

  • Chipped teeth – can be fixed with composite veneers
  • Misshapen teeth – composite veneers can improve the shape of your teeth and hide ‘ugly’ teeth
  • Crowded teeth – If teeth are out of line or too close together, composite veneers are an alternative to orthodontics or braces.
  • Gappy teeth – composite veneers are great at closing gaps between teeth. Teeth proportions can be made perfect.

Advantages of Composite Veneers

Composite veneers require either no or minimal tooth preparation, hence you conserve as much tooth as possible. They are also a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers. Only one appointment is needed if you decide to go ahead with composite veneers, making it the most practical option if you live a busier lifestyle.

Disadvantages of Composite Veneers

Due to the composite resin material, composite veneers are likely to stain easily especially if your diet consists of curry, red wine etc. Composite veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers, so wear and tear is likely to occur.

How Long Do Composite Veneers Last?

The longevity of composite veneers depends on many factors; the type of composite material used (there is a big difference in the quality of different composite materials); the aftercare and habits (i.e. if you continued to drink a lot of fizzy drinks and grind your teeth then this would reduce their longevity). On average, Composite veneers can last between 2 – 5 years.

Cost of Composite Veneers

The cost of Composite veneers varies, so it is important to discuss this with the cosmetic dentist before starting treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

What is a porcelain veneer? A Porcelain veneer is a porcelain laminate custom made to bond to the front surface of a tooth. Porcelain veneers are sometimes compared to false nails as they are very thin cosmetic coverings.

Porcelain veneers are great at improving many dental problems, including:

  • Chipped teeth – can be fixed with porcelain veneers
  • Discoloured teeth – can be made brighter with porcelain veneers
  • Misshapen teeth – porcelain veneers can improve the shape of your teeth and hide ‘ugly’ teeth
  • Crowded teeth – if teeth are out of line or too close together, Porcelain veneers are an alternative to orthodontics or braces.
  • Gappy teeth – porcelain veneers are great at closing gaps between teeth. Teeth proportions can be made perfect.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers require minimal tooth preparation; hence you conserve as much tooth as possible. Porcelain veneers look very natural and most times much better than what was there before.

How Are Teeth Prepared for Porcelain Veneers?

Normally, between 0.5mm – 0.7mm of a tooth is adjusted to give room for the porcelain veneer to fit the tooth surface. Tooth preparation depends on how the teeth are originally positioned. Sometimes teeth need no preparation, and at other times may need more to correctly shape the teeth. 

After the preparation, a mould is taken and temporary veneers are made. You then return approximately two weeks later to have the porcelain veneers bonded to your tooth/teeth. Porcelain veneers usually take two visits to complete.

Cost of Porcelain Veneers

The cost of Porcelain veneers varies, so it is important to discuss this with the cosmetic dentist before starting treatment.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers can last you many years. This depends on your hygiene, diet and the health of your existing teeth. Also whether you clench or grind your teeth.

No-Preparation Veneers

What are no-preparation veneers? Also commonly referred to as ‘prepless’ veneers, no-preparation veneers are a more conservative cosmetic treatment which means you don’t have to be numbed up! It means you won’t have the numb feeling long after you leave the practice. 

During traditional veneer preparation, minimal tooth structure (enamel) is adjusted which in very rare cases can lead to temporary sensitivity. No-preparation veneers mean no tooth structure is removed reducing the risk of sensitivity making this treatment comfortable and even enjoyable! 

As the enamel is not adjusted, the bond between your existing teeth to the new veneers is incredibly strong due to the bonding materials and technique we use during the fitting.

No-preparation veneers are the perfect solution for nervous patients considering cosmetic dentistry. Injections and drilling are the usual fears our nervous patients have – so this quick and simple procedure is the perfect solution!

Lumineers

What are Lumineers? Lumineers are extremely thin veneers created by Cerinate. They will enhance your smile by covering gaps and improving the appearance of misshapen, stained or worn-down teeth. The treatment takes between two and three weeks and will leave you with a smile you are no longer ashamed to show. 

Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are created using a special patented material called Cerinate porcelain. While it is known for being very strong, Cerinate porcelain is also exceptionally thin – so thin, in fact, that Lumineers have been compared to contact lenses. 

The unique strength and size of Lumineers mean that, unlike other veneers, they can be used with very little or no tooth preparation, so you can improve your smile without tooth shaving or grinding.

How Can We Help?

After the consultation and examination with our cosmetic dentist, we will determine which veneers treatment is best suited to you. Once all options have been discussed, we can complete your composite veneers in a very short time.

Perfect Smile Spa based in Hornchurch Essex is a leading cosmetic dental practice and is dedicated to PAINLESS dentistry. Our cosmetic dentist has fitted thousands of veneers over the last 24 years.

Call us for a free consultation on 01708 442 114 or email care@perfectsmilespa.co.uk

Choosing Between Porcelain or Composite Veneers?

What should I have, Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers?

  • The majority of people would improve their smile if they could.
  • In fact 76% of people don’t feel confident smiling.
  • 48% of people judge people on their smile and appearance of their teeth.
  • 77% of people believe having a great smile helps them mentally and physically.
  • 67% of people feel it helps them form relationships and friendships.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures can improve the smile. This really depends on what one wishes to improve, time and budget. Two very popular cosmetic dentistry treatments are porcelain veneers and composite veneers. In this article we discuss these treatments that can dramatically improve your smile. Continue reading Choosing Between Porcelain or Composite Veneers?

Dental Veneers – The Myth Explained

Dental Veneers are one of the most effective and popular cosmetic dentistry treatments as they can correct a vast array of problems.  Whether you have crooked, overlapping or even discoloured teeth then Dental Veneers can definitely help change your smile.  Dental Veneers are usually made from Porcelain although can be made from a composite material.   Continue reading Dental Veneers – The Myth Explained

How Can I Straighten my Teeth

Over three quarters of the population are not happy about their smile. It may be because their teeth are discoloured, gappy, chipped or crooked. Not many people are aware that simple cost effective treatments such as clear braces, teeth bonding, teeth whitening and porcelain veneers can give them a smile they can be proud of. Continue reading How Can I Straighten my Teeth

How do I get a Hollywood Smile?

A persons smile is the first feature that is noticed when you meet someone. Having a beautiful smile is becoming more important to people and Cosmetic dentistry is making that possible.

Cosmetic Dentistry doesn’t have to be a full mouth reconstruction. Sometimes the quickest, smallest treatment is enough to change a smile. Not everyone is blessed with naturally straight, white teeth and this is where we come in!

Continue reading How do I get a Hollywood Smile?