Composite Dental Veneers

Composite veneers can be used to improve the shape and size of your existing teeth. Requiring little or no preparation of your natural teeth composite veneers can be completed in a single visit to our Stockton based practice.

Composite material is sculptured onto your teeth to achieve your desired shape and finish, which is why it is essential that you choose your cosmetic dentist wisely.

Dr Kim Taylor

Dr Kim Taylor has undertaken extensive postgraduate training in the field of Cosmetic Dentistry  including being one of the first dentists internationally to undertake a Masters Degree in Aesthetic Dentistry at Kings College London and in her first year, being awarded the Aesthetic Dentistry Prize. Kim believes passionately about providing five star service and focusing on attention to detail, but most importantly listening, empathising and offering a personalised service and solutions to meet the needs of each unique individual. We knew straight away with such great qualities that Kim would be a great asset to our Stockton practice.

If you are struggling to decide between composite or porcelain veneers, the below table may help you to better understand the difference between the two treatment types we offer. 

Composite Veneers

Initial Step

Complimentary TCO consult and new patient exam

Suitability
  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • Minimal or no current caps (crowns) at the front of the mouth
  • Few or no existing restorations
Preparation
  • Little or no tooth preparation is required
  • Often no LA is required
Placement
  • All veneers are placed in a single visit
Reviews
  • 2 weeks after the veneers are placed a review appointment is booked where the veneers are refined as per the patient’s request. At this appointment the veneers are also polished to achieve the final high gloss finish.
Maintenance
  • A review and polish appointment is required every 6 months to maintain the surface gloss.
Longevity
  • We expect direct composite veneers to last approximately 5 years
Summary of Pros
  • Minimally invasive
  • Reduced treatment time
  • Reduced cost
Summary of Cons
  • Reduced longevity
  • Increased susceptibility to chipping, staining and discoloration
  • Increased maintenance requirements

Porcelain Veneers

Initial Step

Complimentary TCO consult and new patient exam

Suitability
  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • Teeth with existing caps (crowns) or veneers or teeth with few or no existing restorations
Preparation
  • Some light tooth preparation is required
  • LA is required
Placement
  • The process of preparing porcelain veneers is usually over 4 separate visits 2 weeks apart
Reviews
  • 2 weeks after the veneers are placed a review appointment is booked where the veneers are refined as per the patient’s request. At this appointment the veneers are also polished to achieve the final high gloss finish.
Maintenance
  • A review appointment is advised approximately every 6 months
Longevity
  • We expect porcelain veneers to last approximately 10 years
Summary of Pros
  • Increased longevity
  • Reduced susceptibility to staining, chipping and discolouration
Summary of Cons
  • More invasive/some tooth preparation required
  • Increased treatment time
  • Increased cost

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