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What’s the difference between composite and ceramic veneers?




Veneers are a transformative cosmetic dental treatment that can dramatically improve the appearance of worn, discoloured, damaged, and uneven teeth. They’re the most efficient and effective method of creating a perfectly proportioned smile, the likes of which very few of us are born with!


We offer two types of veneers at our Canada Water Dental practice: porcelain and ceramic veneers. In this blog, we will explore the differences between the two types of veneers and weigh up the pros and cons of each treatment, so you can decide which one is right for you.


Composite veneers

Composite veneers are made from a tooth-coloured resin material that is applied to the teeth in layers. Our skilled cosmetic dentists will sculpt and polish the composite material to match the colour and shape of the surrounding teeth. The process is generally quick - it often takes less than an hour, and the results can be seen immediately.


This treatment option is less expensive than ceramic veneers, making it an appealing option for many - especially given the current economic context. They are also entirely non-invasive and enable us to preserve almost all of your natural tooth structure - we’ll just need to roughen the surface of your teeth slightly to allow the resin to bond with your tooth.


However, composite veneers are not as durable as ceramic veneers. They are more prone to chipping, cracking, and staining, and they may need to be replaced more frequently.


Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are made from thin layers of porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of your teeth. The process involves removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure, taking impressions of the teeth, and then sending the impressions to a dental laboratory, where the veneers are made.


Ceramic veneers are known for their durability and resistance to staining. They are also very natural-looking, as the porcelain material reflects light in a similar way to natural teeth. Because they are custom-made, ceramic veneers can be designed to match the size, shape, and colour of your natural teeth.


Ceramic veneers are more expensive than composite veneers, although they may be more cost-effective, as they last for longer than the composite alternative. This option involves a more invasive procedure, as more of the natural tooth structure needs to be removed to accommodate the veneers.


You may have heard horror stories about dentists severely shaving teeth to fit composite veneers. We want to reassure you that we only use safe and non-invasive techniques at CBC Dental Studio, and we will never shave down your teeth any more than is absolutely necessary - a very minimal amount.


Which treatment is better?

There is no right answer to this question! It depends on your budget, the severity of your dental problems, and your desired outcome! When you visit our Canada Water dental practice for a consultation, our skilled dentists will talk you through your options in detail to help you make a decision.


In general, ceramic veneers are better for patients who are looking for a long-lasting, natural-looking solution for more severe dental problems. They are also perfect for patients with a higher budget and happy to undergo a slightly more invasive procedure.


Composite veneers may be a preferable choice for patients who have less severe dental problems or who want a less invasive and more budget-friendly solution. Many of our patients choose to try composite veneers before committing to the longer lasting ceramic alternatives.


Regardless of which treatment option you choose, it is important to pick a reputable dentist with experience placing both ceramic and composite veneers. At CBC Dental Studio in Canada Water, our expert cosmetic dentists have produced thousands of stunning new smiles using these treatments.


Hear from our happy patients

If you’ve been considering restoring your smile with composite or ceramic veneers, you’ll want to know you’re visiting a dentist you can trust. Here are a few reviews from happy patients who opted for these treatments, and were over the moon with their results:


“I got my two crowns and two veneers recently, all work was done by Dr. Tim. I am very pleased and happy with the result. I really liked that Dr. Tim took into account all my wishes and preferences. The result looks amazing and very natural, it definitely improved the quality of my life as I feel more confident now and I am not afraid of smiling too wide anymore. Thank you very much for this to Dr Tim and the whole team of CBC Dental Studio.” - Olga Suslova


“Friendly and welcoming, I highly recommend this practice. They did amazing work on my teeth and I definitely feel more confident with my smile. Very professional and the prices are affordable.” - Tiernan O'Connell


We’re welcoming new patients to CBC Dental Studio!

Whether or not you’ve made your mind up about the type of veneers you’d like to try, why not book a consultation at our friendly Canada Water dental practice? We can talk you through the difference between these treatments in even greater detail, and help you decide which one is best for you.


Finding a dentist in London who is fluent in a language other than English can be a difficult task - but at CBC Dental Studio, we speak a range of different languages alongside English, like Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, and Polish!


Visit our website to book a FREE telephone consultation today or book an appointment to see us in person.


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