Composite veneers

Not having a confidant smile can effect every aspect of your life from your social interactions to business situations.  We provide no interest financing options for people to help pay for their life changing smile makeovers.  We try to find something in everyones budget that can still meet their goals.  Same day smile makeovers can be a great option for people who want a great looking smile but don't have the budget for porcelain veneers.  

Composite veneers, often called direct veneers, chair side veneers or bonding is an alternative to porcelain veneers for smile makeovers.  There are positives and negatives to composite veneers.  They enable dentists to charge lower fees than porcelain veneers, because there is no lab bill for the veneer.  Each veneer is made by the dentist using tooth colored composite directly onto the teeth.  Because the veneer is made entirely by the dentist, it is especially important to do your research to find a dentist who has an artistic eye and the experience to pull off a natural looking result.  This is one area that really pays to have an experienced dentist.  Dr. Olitsky has passed his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry where he spend over 200 hours on perfecting the techniques of composite veneers.  This process is an art and it requires knowledge of the details of tooth shapes, morphology and translucency and the principles of smile design.  Composite veneers can make teeth whiter than tooth bleaching using peroxide.  They can also make smiles wider and correct some chipping, tooth wear, crowding and spacing.  Composite veneers typically cost about half as much as porcelain veneers.

The drawbacks of composite veneers is that it is much more difficult to make extreme changes to the smile.  If the teeth are more crowded or have moderate or severe wear and bite changes, there are more benefits to using porcelain veneers.  Composite veneers have a higher chance of getting small chips and staining.  While the composite materials are strong, the are not as strong as porcelain.  The good news is that these situation can in most cases be repaired easily.  Composite veneers will slowly darken over the years and the only way to lighten the veneer is to replace it.  Composite also looses its polish quicker, but they can be repolished at cleanings.  The lifespan of composite veneers is 7-10 years.  Porcelain veneers do not stain or darken over time.  Porcelain veneers can last 15 or more years.  Porcelain veneers are created by ceramists in dental laboratories.  If the ceramist who makes the porcelain veneer is not highly skilled or the dentist is using an in expensive lab, the porcelain veneer will look about as good as a well done composite veneer.  If the dentist cuts back and stains the composite veneer, the veneer can look translucent and vital like a nice porcelain veneer.  The best dental laboratory ceramists can make porcelain veneers look better, more natural and vital than any composite veneer.  Make sure if you are getting porcelain veneers, your dentist is working with the best laboratory ceramists.

Krystal recieved 10 composite veneers to make her teeth whiter, longer and her smile wider.  She also did not like the white spots on her teeth and the composite material is able to cover the spots.  While composite veneers can be done in one appointment, we often choose to cut back and stain the composite veneers at a second appointment, after the patient gets a chance to test drive the new smile.

This example illustrates composite veneers done by Dr. Olitsky that have subtle translucency created by cutting back and internally staining each veneer.  

This example illustrates composite veneers done by Dr. Olitsky that have more obvious translucency and incisal edge characteristics.  The composite veneers corrected more crowding and violation of smile design issues.  This type of characterization requires longer appointment times.

Call our office (904)273-1723 to schedule a complementary couch consultation to find out if composite veneers are an option for you.