Composite Veneers

A quick, affordable solution to enhance your smile

By Stephanie Guler, Senior Content & Social Media DeveloperLast modified: April 13, 2011

Composite Veneers

A Good Candidate for Composite Veneers

Before deciding on which treatment to choose, talking with your dentist about your expectations is highly recommended. This way you can weigh out the advantages and disadvantages with an expert, and pick a treatment together that is especially right for your individual needs.

Composite veneers are generally good for patients who are looking to enhance the look of their smile without the cost, time, and pain involved with traditional porcelain veneers. They can mend an assortment of minor dental issues including poorly shaped teeth, chipped or broken teeth, and tooth discoloration.

If you have major dental problems like gum disease, teeth grinding, or severely crooked teeth (which may require orthodontic treatment before you undergo cosmetic procedures), you are probably not a good candidate for composite veneers.

Preparing for Composite Veneers

The preparation process for composite veneers is fairly simple. Your journey to a new and improved smile begins with the consultation and exam. This is a very important part of the process, and you should be prepared to explain to your dentist exactly what you would like to fix, and the results that you expect.

After you and your dentist have decided that composite veneers are the best option for your teeth, an appointment will be scheduled for the application process, or if you are really lucky, you can have your teeth done right on the spot. You are now just one step away from having a brighter, more beautiful smile!

Composite Veneers Procedure

The application of your composite veneers begins with your dentist preparing the surface of your teeth for the composite resin material, which is what makes up the veneer. Your dentist will use a special solution on your teeth to roughen them up a bit, but don’t worry; it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. This is done to make sure the veneers bond as strongly as possible to your teeth. In some cases, your dentist may need to reshape some of your teeth, but this generally doesn’t happen with composite veneers.

The next step involves the careful application of the composite resin material. Composite resin is a tooth-colored filling material and is made of silica, quartz and fine glass particles. When mixed, the composite resin forms into a consistency similar to putty, which will then be colored to match the natural shade of your teeth.

You are now ready for your dentist to apply your new composite veneers. You might view your dentist more as an artist after your procedure due to the way she layers and shapes the composite resin to fit your teeth in a seamless fashion. After the veneers are in their perfect, natural-looking position, the composite resin is dried and hardened quickly with a special curing light.

The length of the composite veneers procedure varies with each individual patient. Some people choose to quickly patch up one or two teeth, while others change their entire smile, which may result in a two to three hour appointment.

This generally non-invasive procedure has many advantages, one of those being no recovery time. After your composite veneers procedure, you will leave your dentist’s office looking and feeling better than ever!

Cost of Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are by far the most affordable and direct veneer option on the market. The reason that they are so reasonably priced when compared to porcelain veneers is because the procedure takes less time and is a more simple process. Although they aren’t as strong as porcelain veneers and require more maintenance (they are known to chip and stain more easily than porcelain veneers), composite veneers typically last up to four to eight years. The good news is, that unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be easily repaired and even removed if you have the desire to do so.

Prices in the U.S. for composite veneers generally range from $200-$300 per tooth, and if you are considering going abroad for your procedure the price can be up to half that amount. Pricing also depends on the number of teeth you choose to repair; more teeth will naturally be more expensive because your dentist will have to use more composite resin to create your veneers. Overall, composite veneers are one of many great choices if you are looking to enhance your smile.

To learn if composite veneers are right for you, find a dentist in your area.

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