Five years ago, a female patient had four composite veneers placed over her front top row of teeth which had subsequently aged. She recently came to us at Alderley Dental researching the options open to her to improve her smile.
During her consultation, we discussed the options which included removing her old composite veneers, which were looking dull, worn and stained, and replacing them with four porcelain veneers to enhance their shape, colour and spacing.
After considering all the options and considering the costs this patient chose to go ahead with this treatment.
Veneers – which type is best?
Both composite and porcelain veneers can really improve your smile, but in cosmetic dentistry standards, composite is like Tupperware while porcelain is like Wedgwood.
- A resin material (plastic) – thin layers are applied directly to the teeth
- Porous and weaker, so can stain and chip
- Less durable and wears more easily
- Not as life-like
- More affordable
- Can require maintenance every few years
- Glazed porcelain (ceramic) – a thin, sculpted veneer shell is bonded over the tooth
- Strong and durable – extremely resistant to staining and chipping
- Lasts longer
- Looks and feels better, mimicking the anatomy and translucency of your own natural teeth
- Usually more expensive and complex to do
- Needs minimal maintenance
To learn more about these cosmetic dentistry treatments, visit our veneers section.
A beautiful smile with porcelain veneers
The ‘after’ photo of this patient was taken immediately after four porcelain veneers were bonded in place. The next day, the result looked better after the colour of the porcelain veneers and her gums had settled.
Teeth veneers before and after: questions?
While porcelain veneers are the gold standard in creating beautiful, more natural-looking teeth, there are other affordable cosmetic dentistry options that can improve your smile.
See what Alderley Dental can do for your smile with our teeth veneers before and after photos in Smile Gallery.