I’ve been looking at options for smile makeovers. Most people suggest getting porcelain veneers, but I am just curious about composite veneers. Would they be less expensive? How long will they last?
In most cases, composite bonding is better used for small repairs, like a tooth gap or chipped tooth. The procedure has to be done freehand, which would take much longer in the dental chair than porcelain veneers will. In fact, many dentists will not do a smile makeover with composite resin for that reason. It would end up costing you more because of the tedious nature of the smile development. On top of that, the composite bonding will only keep their luster a few years before they begin to pick up stains. On the other hand, well-cared for porcelain veneers can last upwards of twenty years.
My suggestion would be to look for an excellent cosmetic dentist. This is not a skill taught in dental school, nor is it a recognized specialty. If a dentist wants to become skilled, they would need to invest in post-doctoral training. It would be easiest for you to just look for an AACD accredited dentist. These dentists have proven skill and artistry. It will keep you from having to investigate the training of each dentist you look at. Any one of them can give you an extraordinary smile makeover.
Let them look at your teeth and talk to them about the look you want. They will be able to determine what procedure can give you the best outcome.
I hope this helps.
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