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Composite Veneers

Composite veneers, also known as Composite bonding, are applied directly onto a patients teeth, as opposed to being made in a laboratory and cemented on like porcelain veneers. A Composite veneer is effective in changing the colour, shape, and size of a tooth. To achieve excellent results, Composite veneers are technically and artistically very demanding. To be effective, a dentist needs to:

  1. Understand dental materials very well and is aware of the properties of different materials.
  2. Be a very artistic person and able to sculpt the bonding material effectively onto the teeth. They need not only to match the adjacent teeth and be symmetrical, but they must also match the overall shape of the arch and facial profile.
  3. Have a good knowledge of individual tooth morphology and their different styles.


Patients should always ensure that the provider has enough experience in doing this treatment. One of the best ways to assess this is by looking at photos of their previous work.

Composite veneers use

Composite veneers are suitable for a variety of situations, examples of which include:

Damaged teeth – Often, composite bonding is the cheapest and easiest way to repair a damaged tooth. At Pearl Dental Clinic, we have a good record of achieving an aesthetically pleasing result without the restoration being noticeable. Examples are available in our photo gallery.

Stained/Crooked teeth – If teeth whitening has been unsuccessful Composite bonding can be used to cover undesirable stains, white patches, and discoulouration of the teeth.

Composite veneers can also be used to reduce or fully correct the misalignment of crooked teeth. However, this method is not always the best choice. They can be most suitable in situations where there is a high risk of veneer fracture, as Composites are repairable directly in the mouth. This is one of the biggest advantages of Composite veneers over any other form of veneers.

Closing gaps – Composite veneers can be the ideal choice of treatment. The difficulty in these situations is matching the shade and making the composite veneer unnoticeable. At Pearl Dental Clinic, we are proud to show that we have a good record of achieving this. Furthermore, a Diastema closure requires no tooth removal.

How long do composite veneers last?

The longevity of Composite veneers depends on many factors. For example, the type of material used and the correct follow up of the procedure in doing them. 5 – 7 years if the average life expectancy for this type of veneer.

What are the alternatives to Composite veneers?

Composite veneers are mostly monochromatic, and aesthetically they are not as good as Porcelain veneers. Therefore they are not always the best option for a full smile makeover. Different types of porcelain veneers are available, such as highly aesthetic, durable, ultra-thin, or more cost-effective options.

Advantages and Disadvantages or Composite and Porcelain veneers.

  1. Aesthetically, porcelain veneers are much more predictable than Composite veneers.
  2. Porcelain veneers last on average 7 – 10 years, and never stain.
  3. Porcelain veneers are more wear resistant than Composite veneers and are not usually monochromatic.
  4. A trial smile is available when undergoing porcelain veneer treatment. This allows the patient to have a more direct input in choosing the shape and shade of the veneers.
  5. Composite veneers are a more cost-effective treatment.
  6. Usually, with Composite veneers, there is no need for enamel removal.
  7. Only one visit is required to complete Composites. Porcelain veneers usually require a series of visits.


Procedure for bonding of Composite veneers

To place Composite veneers, teeth must be clean and no Gingivitis should be present. Also, because bonding does not whiten with bleach, if a patient wishes to whiten the remaining teeth this would need completing before the bonding procedure takes place.

The teeth are debrided and etched to chemically roughen the micro-surface of the teeth. A bonding agent is then applied. This is followed by adding and sculpting layers of composite material. This process shapes the veneer into its final appearance. The finished result is then smoothed and polished.

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book a free Composite Veneer consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists by calling 0203 750 5300 or emailing us or also by booking a consultation appointment online.

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