If you’ve always dreamt of the perfect smile but your teeth are relatively healthy, and you just want to change their appearance, composite veneers might be a good option for you. This process requires minimal to no enamel removal.
What are composite veneers?
Composite veneers are thin shells made from a tooth-colored resin that is placed over the front of your existing teeth to improve their appearance. A composite veneer is a less expensive material in comparison to a porcelain veneer. There are 2 different types of Composite veneers, direct and indirect composite veneers and your dentist might be able to make and place them during a single visit.
What is the difference between direct and indirect composite veneers?
The main difference between direct and indirect composite veneers is just the application process.
- Direct composite veneer procedure usually only requires one visit to the dentist after the consultation and is minimally invasive.
- Indirect composite veneers are prepped the same as direct composite veneers, but the veneers are custom made ‘indirectly’ outside of the mouth in your dentist’s office or in a dental laboratory. Indirect composite veneers can withstand more abrasions and resist fractures better than direct composite veneers. So the procedure requires two appointments and is usually costlier.
What is the difference between Composite veneers and porcelain veneers?
Compared to its porcelain counterpart, composite resin veneers might wear down quicker, resulting in a shorter lifespan of five to seven years. However, they’re easier to repair and less expensive.