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Composite Compared with Porcelain Veneers

August 26, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. Justin Harlow
girl smiling with porcelain veneers in charlotte nc

Dental veneers provide one of the most dramatic smile enhancements because they concentrate on several aesthetic issues. These thin tooth shells—or composite material—bonded to the front of your teeth, can conceal the following:

  • Worn teeth
  • Height discrepancies
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Bite misalignment
  • Discoloration
  • Gum to tooth ratio

Veneers, a favorite of the Hollywood elite, are available in composite and porcelain.

Composite Veneers in Charlotte, NC

Composite veneers conceal the same aesthetic issues as those made from porcelain and provide the same beautiful result. However, there is some difference—typically in material, preparation, and cost.

We make composite veneers from a quality resin material. Your dentist smooths the material over your tooth (or teeth), sculpting and concealing all the while. Think of it as creating your veneer in real-time. We bond or harden the resin with a special light and then provide a polish.

With composite, we don’t typically remove small portions of the enamel to prepare the tooth for the veneer, which means the veneer can be considered less permanent. Composite veneers may also be less expensive than porcelain.

Porcelain Veneers in Charlotte, NC

Your dentist removes a small amount of porcelain, so the veneer flushes to your smile line and does not look bulky compared with your non-veneered teeth. This makes porcelain veneers a more permanent option compared with composite.

The veneers or tooth shells are lab-created and bonded to prepared teeth. This option is typically more expensive than composite and may provide a more natural look.

Contact Your Dentist in 28204 to Get Started

If you’re looking to transform your smile dramatically, we invite you to schedule a dental veneer consultation today. During this initial exam, your dentist can help you decide if veneers are the right cosmetic choice for your smile goals and help you chose between composite and porcelain.

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