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Composite resin veneers: Pros & cons

Advantages and Disadvantages of Composite resin veneers, (also referred to as Cosmetic bondings)

Written by south Florida cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeffrey Lissauer, serving Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach

Remember, three types of veneers exist: (#1) Conventional Porcelain Veneers, (#2) Lumineers, and (#3) Composite Resin Veneers. Below, we compare Composite Resin Veneers to the other two, which are grouped together as Porcelain Veneers (since both Conventional Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers are made of porcelain).

Advantages of Composite Resin Veneers:
  • Composite Resin Veneers are quicker than Porcelain Veneers, since Composite Resin Veneers can be completed in one office visit. So, if you are rushed to improve your smile for a significant event or celebration, composite resin veneers may be the best option.
  • Composite Resin Veneers are less expensive than Porcelain Veneers. Porcelain Veneers are more costly because of the fees charged by the professional dental laboratory that makes the Porcelain Veneers.
  • Composite Resin Veneers are easier to fix than Porcelain Veneers if a veneer happens to chip or come off. If a piece of a composite resin veneer chips or breaks off, more composite resin can be molded and bonded onto the chipped area to restore the shape and appearance of the veneer.
Disadvantage of Composite Resin Veneers:
  • Composite Resin Veneers are less durable than Porcelain Veneers. Porcelain is a stronger and more durable material than composite resin.
  • Composite Resin Veneers typically cannot be as shiny as Porcelain Veneers. Although composite resin can be polished very nicely, porcelain can be glazed in an oven to give an extremely shiny appearance.
  • Composite Resin Veneers are more prone to staining than Porcelain Veneers. Porcelain is more resistant to discoloration from coffee, tobacco, wine, soda and other colored drinks and food.

About the veneers experience at Lissauer Dental:

A beautiful smile makeover starts with an excellent relationship between you and your cosmetic dentist. Our office prides itself on our welcoming environment, where you feel at ease and relaxed. Before we even provide our opinion, we want to know your aesthetic goals, worries, desires and concerns. If you are interested in a smile makeover, we are more than happy to answer any questions and provide a complimentary evaluation to explore the possibility of veneers.

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