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Porcelain or composite veneers: is one better than the other?

18 January 2023


If you’re someone who’s found themselves hiding their smile because of worries surrounding the colour, shape or alignment of their teeth, then dental veneers in Tunbridge Wells could well be just the solution for you. Veneers are capable of covering a whole heap of dental imperfections and could be just what you need to regain your smile confidence. We at Woodbury Park Dental understand that getting all the information on whatever dental procedure you need is really important and with that in mind we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on the types of dental veneers out there.

First things first

What are veneers in Tunbridge Wells?

Veneers are custom-made, super thin covers or shells which are permanently bonded to your teeth, in doing this the look of the patient’s smile is greatly improved. Veneers as already mentioned can cover up stains and discolouration, and crooked, chipped, gapped or wonky teeth.

What’s great about veneers is that generally speaking you need to lose less of the tooth’s natural layers in order to fit them than you would with a crown, which is more commonly used in repairing teeth with lots of decay or complex damage.

It’s worth noting early on that veneers are classed as a cosmetic procedure and thus aren’t usually covered in insurance policies.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are, of course, made from porcelain. The porcelain is made into a thin sliver to fit over the enamel and will colour match your other teeth, unless you’re having a totally veneered smile in which case our dentist might discuss going a lighter colour with you.

The advantages of porcelain veneers in Tunbridge Wells

Porcelain veneers are really, really strong! They are so strong that not really any other veneer material can match them. If patients are taking good care of their smiles these could last up to twenty years.

They look fantastic! As the veneers have this translucent look, they are more closely matched to the natural aesthetics of teeth, and porcelain is resistant to chipping and stains.

Porcelain is super versatile. The material itself offers heaps of treatment options, so even if you have super intense discolouration and staining you’ll see a massive improvement.  

What are composite veneers?

Composite veneers use a resin which is tooth coloured to change the appearance of teeth. Unlike porcelain, it is applied directly to the tooth by our dentist who then shapes the material into the desired shape, there are a few different bonuses of composite veneers.

The advantages of composite veneers

They start at very accessible price points. If you’re wanting to make a big impact on your smile but are on a budget then composite could be just the ticket.

The whole treatment can be done in one single day. If time is of the essence then composite is the way forward for you.

Easily removed. If once you’ve had your treatment you change your mind for whatever reason then don’t panic, with composite bonding the prep work is much less so the material just needs to be removed.

Which one?

We at Woodbury Park Dental aren’t in the business of picking sides and can see the pros and cons of both styles. With this in mind the best thing you can do is come in for a consultation where we will discuss with you in detail which solution is best for you.

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