Advantages and Disadvantages of Composite Veneers
Advantages of Composite Veneers
- Composite veneers have a number of advantages over porcelain, chief among which is cost. On average, porcelain veneers are twice as expensive as composites, which is very important for some people given that most treatments are not covered by insurance, meaning you are likely paying out-of-pocket for treatment.
- Another advantage that composite dental veneers have over porcelain is the fact that composites can typically be fabricated while you wait, making it a same-day treatment. Preparation and application take short time. It enables you to save time.
- It overcomes many dental problems and makes teeth look much better aesthetically.
- Direct composite veneers are actually sculpted on your teeth rather than in an offsite lab. The tooth-shaded resin is applied to teeth directly where it can be shaped and sculpted by the dentist. The shaped resin is hardened using a high-intensity light, after which additional layers of resin can be applied and sculpted as needed to elicit the desired aesthetic outcome. Once finished, the resin must be polished in order to elicit a more natural, tooth-like appearance. The composite procedure, therefore, tends to be much less invasive and noticeably quicker than porcelain.
- Arguably the biggest advantage that composite veneers have over porcelain is reversibility. Porcelain requires reshaping of your natural teeth in order to fit the veneer. When it comes to composites, minimal prep work is required on your natural teeth, meaning that they are not permanently altered to such an extent that the composite material cannot be removed and replaced as needed.
- The doctor can put composite veneers in one go. Composite tooth restoration takes several hours, so by the evening, you can already be with a new smile.
- If it is damaged, it can be repaired by contouring.
Disadvantages of Composite Veneers
- As compared to porcelain, composite veneers are weaker in strength and may often chip off from the tooth surface.
- Lifetime is around 4-8 years.
- They can be stained in time if too much tea or coffee is consumed.
- Keeping the above point in mind, the patient may have to get frequent replacement or repair of the composite veneers.