If you are suffering from cracked, chipped, broken or discoloured teeth, here at Dr Geoffrey Deeb in Holland Park, we offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic dental treatments to help you restore and rejuvenate your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of treatments. The solution we offer is based on your unique dental concerns and discussion with you at your initial appointment. However, two of our most popular cosmetic treatments to correct the aforementioned dental problems include composite and porcelain veneers. In this article we have provided the differences and benefits between the two to give you some guidance as to what you can expect.

What can composite and porcelain veneers do for you

Veneers provide strong, functioning and durable aesthetic solutions and can be made from porcelain or composite resin. Veneers are a cosmetic option to restore any misshapen, discoloured, worn or cracked teeth in your smile. They can help to:

  • Remove gaps
  • Restore chips
  • Cover stains
  • Conceal crooked teeth
  • Act as a strong alternative to bonding
  • Improve colour
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s

Differences in Strength & durability

A composite (direct) veneer, in which enamel is bonded to your tooth, is usually applied in one visit. Dental bonding involves the application of a durable composite material directly applied to the surface of the tooth. A laser (or high intensity light) is used to harden and reinforce the composite material to the surface of the tooth.

Porcelain Veneers (indirect) usually take two visits as there is more procedural work involved in order to mimic the look, function and feel of your natural teeth.

During your first visit, a thin layer (0.33mm) of tooth is removed from your teeth to create room for the veneers and an impression taken of your smile through a dental simulation. During your second appointment your veneers bonded to your teeth, allowing you to walk out of Integrity Dental with bright, white and healthy new smile.

Differences in quality

Composite veneers are a cheaper option in comparison to porcelain veneers given the differences in quality, strength and durability. Composite Resin veneers normally last about 5 — 6 years, while Porcelain Veneers can last anywhere between 10 – 15 years.

Since composite bonding is made from a plastic resin, this can cause discoloration and breakage over time. Coffee, cigarette smoke and other substances can stain the resin, even more so if you drink soda, are a lemon lover, or candy sucker as a result of increased PH levels in your mouth.

Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, more durable and stronger than bonding and can also last much longer.  Porcelain veneers are also known to provide a superior result due to the translucent properties of the material. This does not mean that composite bonding does not provide a great result; it all depends on your lifestyle and preferences.

At Dr Geoffrey Deeb in Holland Park we offer porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material veneers and will discuss every aspect of your dental treatment after conducting a full mouth examination. This will allow you to make an informed decision about your dental treatment. We utilise a combination of skill, experience and innovation to design your quality, custom veneers.

Contact the team at Dr Geoffrey Deeb to learn how veneers can enhance your smile today!