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What are dental composite veneers?

Composite veneers are also known as ‘same day veneers’, ‘componeers’, ‘resin veneers’ and sometimes ‘composite bonding – although this is different. ’.  They are a less invasive way to restore your smile.  If you have worn chipped or damaged teeth then composite resin can be sculpted directly onto the teeth to produce beautiful results.  This is a different procedure to a dental crown, dental bridge or dental fillings which are more functional than aesthetic solutions.

 

 

Composite veneers are a conservative alternative to porcelain and are made from translucent resin that is carefully sculpted and hardened by your dentist in a single appointment.  Composite is more versatile than porcelain, lasts 5-7 years and is much less expensive at £200-£400/tooth compared with £400-800/tooth for porcelain or what you might traditionally think of as a full smile design procedure.

 

 

This is an article about composite veneers and composite bonding. You can visit our main page veneers liverpool for more general information about all the different types of veneers.

 

 

Patients love composites because they are quick, less expensive and produce very lifelike and beautiful results.  You can put composite resin on as many teeth as you choose.  A full smile makeover can be a fifth of the cost of regular porcelain veneers.  Composite veneers are a great cosmetic alternative to porcelain used all over the world.  They can also correct a whole host of problems that are causing you to be self conscious about your smile.

 

 

What is composite resin?

Dental composite resin is a special material developed for dentistry.  It is a paste that is applied to the tooth and sculpted like putty.  Once the desired shape has been achieved, it is hardened with a special light (light curing) and polished.  Composite materials are extremely advanced and are continually being developed to produce more lifelike, translucent and better results for patients.

 

 

Some different types of composite are Renamel® by Cosmodent, and Filtek™ by 3M.  Composites are safe, effective and have been used in millions of cases world wide to help patients restore their smiles.  Composite bonding has not been around forever and is a relatively new dental procedure, favoured by recent generations of dentists who are interested in conserving the underlying tooth structure and keeping the patients mouth healthy.

 

 

Composite resin veneer

A composite veneer is the result of applying the composite resin, hardening it and polishing it to produce a new tooth surface that is perfect.  This new surface hides the old one that might be worn, damaged, yellow or otherwise unaesthetic.

 

 

Composite veneers vs porcelain veneers

 

Composite veneers are very different from porcelain veneers for a number of reasons.  Here they are in detail:

 

Same day / single appointment

Probably the biggest difference to you is that your composite veneers can be made and finished in one visit to the dentist.  Composite veneers can take anything from under an hour to a few hours to complete and you can get beautiful results instantly. Conversely porcelain veneers involve multiple steps and a few appointments to complete.  For your porcelain veneers you’ll need to return to Smileworks a few times and have your teeth prepped and have temporaries fitted before the final veneer fitting.  We work with a master ceramist who will create your porcelain veneers in a lab which takes time and costs more money.

 

 

Take a look at our practice here in Liverpool or read more about composite veneers below…

 

 

 

Resin bonding cost

The Composite veneer price is significantly less than porcelain veneers.  The labwork, materials and dental work required is costly and your porcelain veneers will typically cost £400-£600 per tooth compared with £150-£200 per tooth with resin veneers.  This does not mean that composite bonding is not as good as porcelain veneers.  The two are just different.  Many people (and even some dentists!) will not be able to tell the difference between the end results of porcelain vs resin veneers.

 

Easily the best dentist appointment I've had. I was recommended to go by a friend who couldn't have spoken more highly of them. The facilities are top notch, service friendly and comforting. The staff were great. The treatment was thorough, honest and well explained. First class (excuse the airline pun...you'll see why!)
Adam Samy
Adam Samy
19:10 01 Jun 17
I found Smileworks after looking online for the best specialist orthodontist, and after several visits now, I do believe that they live up to the hype! Every visit has been a pleasure, with the excellent reception always offering a warm and hearty welcome. Due to the severity of problems with my teeth, my treatment plan is extensive and means that despite being early days, I have met with and been treated by a range of the staff here; I can confirm that they're all fantastic and incredibly thorough - everything is explained in detail and nothing is ever rushed. I should also thank Paula (and her assistant whose name I've forgotten - sorry!) yesterday for cleaning the insides of my teeth so thoroughly when I don't even think it was necessarily part of the appointment (the appointment was for a filling). I look forward to continued excellent care from Smileworks and can't wait to get my braces on! Cheers guys!
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
08:04 14 Apr 17
Absolutely great find. Friendly staff and MJ who treated me was professional, reassuring and positively fantastic about what my needs were and what I was looking for. There was no pressure on anything and she spoke in depth about full details on every procedure without any rush in me in making an option. I will definitely be visiting again. Thank you once again!
Samina Mubarak
Samina Mubarak
20:02 06 May 17
Absolutely excellent service. All the staff are friendly and make sure all your treatment options are fully explained. Don't do anything unless your 100% sure of all that's available. Shiron made sure my treatment was the absolute best it could be.
Keith Chellew
Keith Chellew
18:41 24 May 17
I had dental work and a procedure on my top lip. I was really nervous on my first visit but the staff are truly lovely and put me at ease straight away. I loved the quirkiness of the waiting room- very different from any dentist/doctors waiting room I've been in. The treatment rooms are very clean, love the design and layout. I also loved the patients photo smiles on the wall!! straight away I relaxed and I could feel the friendliness of the staff. MJ really listened to my fears and listened to what I required, she understood completely my views and the treatment I received was given exactly as I requested!! They really want to help you and they're interested in what you have to say - they love their job!!! I've made a follow up visit and will continue to use them. I've also recommended Smileworks to my friends and will continue to do so.
Nicci Richards
Nicci Richards
20:11 26 Feb 17
I went to Smileworks to have the composite reconstructions on my two front teeth replaced as well as my teeth whitened. On my first appointment with M.J I was given detailed explanations of what these processes involved, which not only eased my apprehensions but stood out from all the previous dentists I had visited. The teeth whitening took approximately two weeks, after which I had the most amazing reconstruction done on my front teeth by Dr Billal Arshad, including a flawless colour match to my newly whitened teeth. The treatment I received was incredible and the end results speak for themselves, I have had numerous people within the fist week comment on how incredible my teeth look. To all the staff at Smileworks I say thank you so much, you have made me a very happy customer.
David Birtles
David Birtles
11:55 26 Jul 17
The staff at Smileworks are fantastic, very welcoming and accommodating. They are always happy to go the extra mile to help you. I had fast braces and 1ml lip filler, i absolutely love the result. Would 100% recommend to anyone looking to get braces or facial aesthetics, they really listen to what you want and combined with their professional knowledge you achieve the perfect result.
Kerry Browne
Kerry Browne
10:46 27 Jul 17
I received my Spmu eyeliner treatment today at Smileworks. I am completely over the moon with the results and would highly recommend the treatment. The clinic itself it just wonderful really clean, fresh and highly professional. My therapist was Hannah Taffe who was extremely knowledgeable, but also so warm and welcoming and put me completely at ease. The treatment was really relaxing and didn't hurt one bit. So very impressed and will certainly be back. Next time I will be booking in to see an orthodontist. Huge thanks to Hannah you really are just fabulous. Sarah Bell xx
SARAH BELL
SARAH BELL
18:10 05 Aug 17
Visited smileworks Saturday, place is amazing everyone was really welcoming and friendly. I was given all the answers to any questions i had before I even asked them!. Hannah was fantastic she gave me a full consultation. I am really happy with the outcome. I will be visiting smileworks in the future.
Laura Harte
Laura Harte
18:39 07 Aug 17
The most welcoming and friendly staff I have ever experienced anywhere, let alone a dentist. I felt in safe hands from the get-go and was so happy with the staff arranging appointments for me even outside of the practice. The creative and clever practice design (airplane) topped the fun experience off! Thanks MJ, Georgiana and Heloise.
Sean Donohue
Sean Donohue
22:03 03 Sep 17
Had my fast braces fitted at Smileworks at the beginning of the year and recently had my lips done, MJ and the team are Lovely! Always a Friendly and professional service! Perfect opening hours which work around my job. Highly recommend! 😀
Elle Benson
Elle Benson
13:25 05 Sep 17
I did went Saturday morning as an emergency customer. No previous contact with them in the past. I was extremely happy of what I found. The place itself & location is great. But even better the staff; They were very understanding and helpful. MJ who finally attend my case did work the extra mile (and extra time too :)) so later than 17:30 Sat. Quick/Nice/Effective & Reliable. So far the best dental clinic I have been. Definitively I will recommend & use them again.
FERNANDO
FERNANDO
13:30 03 Oct 17
After breaking a tooth whilst away in Liverpool, I googled local dentist and called the first number in the list. Smileworks offered me an A1 service and managed to temporary fix my tooth until I returned home allowing me to continue my few days away. Not only was the cost very reasonable for an emergency appointment their practice is the funkiest I’ve ever seen. The dental staff were all fantastic too, I couldn’t have asked for more. Just gutted that there isn’t a smileworks in Cambridgeshire!
Lee Clayton-Harvey
Lee Clayton-Harvey
16:21 24 Oct 17
If you're looking for the best place for your treatment, you've got to choose and visit smile works. They make you feel beautiful, their all friendly and talented personnel. Their welcoming smile alone will make you feel at ease that you're in the right place for your treatment. Their smile really works.
Tiana Bukolami
Tiana Bukolami
22:52 11 Nov 17
team I'd like to provide you with some feedback on my treatment to date: After 1:1 advice and guidance with the smile-works team, I recently attended for my first treatment (root canal). I was greated and treated professionally throughout, experienced no pain, and was informed and entertained by MJ, whom I found to be extremely reassuring, competent and also hilariously funny. Withought hesitation I can fully recommend this practice, and I am so excited about completing my planned course of treatment, which is bespoke and excellent value for money, just in time for Christmas ! Kindest regards Dave Sent from my i
nicola jonnes
nicola jonnes
15:31 22 Nov 17
5 Star service and quality! Had my lips done for the first time and couldn't be more happy with them! MJ works wonders, would recommend 100% !!
davina Johnston
davina Johnston
14:10 25 Nov 17
Wow what an absolute amazing experience said no person ever going to the dentist. Well until now... Had severe pain due to a Wisdom tooth and couldn't sleep the night before and knew I had to finally face my fear and go to the dentist and get this sorted. Sat up all night due to lack of sleep watching and reading horror stories on having a Wisdom tooth removed and was dreading it more and more as time went on. Called Smileworks at 9am Saturday morning to get an emergency appointment and was given one within 3 hours. When i arrived I was greeted with cheer into what could only be described as the coolest dental reception area of all time. The receptionist (forget her name) automatically put my mind at ease. Normally my experience at dentists was sit and wait for an absolute age to be called. Not at Smileworks. MJ came into the reception area so cheery and got me and brought me to the room which was something out of a futuristic movie it was absolutely amazing. From start to finish MJ kept my mind at ease telling me every step of the way on what was happening and what the plan of action was. We even meditated over the removal of my wisdom tooth which really calmed me down. MJ was absolutely amazing in the removal and I had built up such a hype and horror pictures of what was going to happen. The exact opposite happened. This had made me build up my confidence in a dentist again and I would highly highly highly recommend Smileworks to anyone.
Kyle Boyd
Kyle Boyd
14:03 27 Nov 17
Me and my mum came here for the first time last year,and I can’t praise Mj and the staff anymore we felt so welcome and at ease straight away. My lips where and still are amazing and i get so many compliments! They literally do go “above and beyond” and totally make you feel “first class” x
Vicky Diamond
Vicky Diamond
20:49 28 Nov 17
I arrived at Smileworks just as they were closing early for the Christmas break. When I explained my situation (needed emergency treatment) & was going on holiday on Boxing Day MJ agreed to sort out my tooth. She was so friendly & I didn't feel like I was putting her out at all. One of the girls who had her coat on to go home even offered to stay to help. Within 20 minutes I was sorted out & could get on with my Christmas shopping!!! Thank you MJ & the nice dental nurse I now know I go away without having to worry about my tooth. 👍
Pauline McLoughlin
Pauline McLoughlin
02:06 24 Dec 17
Had my lip filler done here as well as a non-surgical nose job and couldn't be happier with the results. Such friendly staff who are all amazing at what they do and give me all the information I needed prior to my treatments. I wont be going anywhere else in Liverpool other than Smileworks!
Lauren Thompson
Lauren Thompson
13:05 26 Dec 17
I felt so welcome and comfortable here! I admire Dr MJ very much, because I did root treatment, which I thought was painful and complex. But it only took 1 hour and I did not feel a little pain. I trust them so much that I feel sleepy! And the reception girls are energetic and full of smiles. This is a wonderful place to make your smile beautiful and confident!
jiadi he
jiadi he
16:57 02 Jan 18
Smileworks are by far the best dentist I’ve been too!! So friendly and welcoming, the waiting area is fun, the receptionist are very helpful and informative, the dentists are highly skilled and make you feel comfortable and are very reassuring. I have had metal braces before when I was younger and feared getting them again but I am happy I went with Smileworks MJ and Bambi who have both been my dentist are fab as well as each assistant that supports them. I actually enjoy going each month and finding out what stage I am at and what’s to come next I never feel anxious. I’ve actually referred two people here, worth every penny 🙂
Emma Gillespie
Emma Gillespie
16:53 04 Jan 18
Reception staff welcoming and friendly. Decor is cool. Bambi and Eva so friendly patient and welcoming. Bambi explains the treatment plan and is patient. Got other few appointments to go. Would recommend. Thanks
Da Mc
Da Mc
19:03 10 Jan 18
I’ve been going to Smileworks for all my treatments since it first opened and I have not and will not go anywhere else. Everyone is always commenting on how good my lips look, my skin. My teeth are straight after only 3 months of a brace. Everyone there is so friendly and everything is explained throughly. The surgery is so clean and modern and MJ is the most qualified person out there for anything you need. I shall be continuing to go there for the rest of my time. Amazing. Love all the team at Smileworks 💕
Keeley Cawley
Keeley Cawley
00:32 17 Jan 18
I have visited MJ at Smileworks many times and I can not recommend the company any more ! All of the staff are so friendly and make you feel welcome as soon as you walk through the door. I always look forward to visiting Smileworks because the experience is always positive, the treatments provided are fantastic and I always leave feeling a million dollars.
Rebecca Zaidi
Rebecca Zaidi
20:11 16 Jan 18
First class customer service and care. The vibe of Smileworks is friendly yet ultimately professional. I have completed 3 sessions of PLEXR on my eyelids and the results are incredible! I will not hesitate to come back. Thank you Smileworks, you really have helped me to rebuild my confidence 😌
Sarah Parkinson
Sarah Parkinson
17:12 19 Jan 18
Called and obtained next day appointment. Clear instructions on how to find the surgery. Very thorough examination. X-rays and dental photos fully explained. Options for further treatment discussed. Follow up appointment arranged to check burn on my palate roof of which I was unaware and make sure nothing more serious. Dental hygiene scale and polish carried out and very pleased with outcome. Excellent service from Rebecca and Lucy. Recommended A+++++
Stephen Olive
Stephen Olive
18:39 23 Jan 18
A very welcoming, warm, friendly and professional atmosphere. I Felt very relaxed and at ease whilst I had my treatment which was a 1ml of lip filler. MJ was very informative and listened to what I wanted and personalised my treatment. I am super happy with the results and could not have asked for a better practitioner whilst receiving this procedure. Fantastic company and would highly recommend anyone to go here!
helen murray
helen murray
14:27 01 Feb 18
I've recommended Smileworks to a few people now, as I've had nothing but good experiences within the past 6 months. I decided to get my braces fitted here because I thought, with all the good reviews, I couldn't go wrong. I'm so glad I braved it because the results, only 5 months into the treatment, are amazing!!! MJ and Georgi are absolutely lovely. They're so friendly, and really just make you feel so comfortable there, which is a massive plus for nervous patients, as I was to begin with. The waiting area and reception is so fun. It makes a really nice change to what you usually see in a dentists waiting room. So, if you're thinking about going to Smileworks, do it! They're fantastic 😀
Sarah Hornby
Sarah Hornby
21:05 04 Feb 18
I needed an emergency appt & got one quickly. I needed a tooth extraction - I had an excellent (female) dentist who gave a really good local (enough & I could still feel my face!). The extraction was tough but I was well cared for. I've not had any problems at all since and I had it taken out 4 days ago. Thank you.
James Piper
James Piper
02:19 13 Feb 18
Great dentist, just had my brace removed and really happy with the results. All the staff are really friendly and welcoming. The late opening hours are a bonus too, so you have lots of flexibility when booking appointments. Would highly recommend.
Chris Brady
Chris Brady
14:11 17 Feb 18
I had the best first appointment. I had to change dentists because the last one was simply not fixing my issues. I was very hesitant to try a new dentist but I am glad I did. The staff are very polite and attentive. Dentist office itself is exceptionally clean. After my check up everything was explained well. Very good experience .
Shan Parke
Shan Parke
15:56 14 Mar 18
Smileworks is easily the most professional, friendliest practice I have ever been too. All the staff are so welcoming and I would never go to another practice for any of my treatments after being see here! Smileworks is the best!
Emily Jones
Emily Jones
22:31 08 Mar 18
I was initially nervous and apprehensive. I hadn't visited this practice before but I had done my homework and went here on recommendation. I booked with MJ and went to have some work done with my upper lip & facial aesthetics. She put me at ease completely and I was expecting pain. It was so easy, straightforward, and I will definitely go back. I was a little tender the day after, but there was no discomfort on the day of treatment and it was much easier than having a dental filling 🙂 My result has been fabulous and I am very happy and would certainly recommend.
Angela Jones
Angela Jones
18:32 27 Mar 18
Great customer service and care! Friendly staff you feel home each time. I had my treatment with Billy and Eva and I'm so happy about the result. Definitely recommended
Gabriele Ganga
Gabriele Ganga
00:17 29 Mar 18
First went for an emergency fix, then second time for root canal treatment and veneers, splendid results!! Recommended it to my friend and he got his emergency fix done and was happy with it. I would recommend this dentist to everyone! Thanks Smileworks! You made me more confident now 🙂
Miz A.
Miz A.
23:01 03 Apr 18
A superb experience! From the initial call to the reception team through to the treatment and after-care level of service, my expectations were exceeded in every aspect. This is a very smart, clean, modern and friendly dental clinic with customers at the heart of service. The team of professionals take time to understand the issue, explain possible causes, possible treatments and put you at your ease. This was a first-class experience and although I don't live near here, I am considering switching from my regular dentist to Smileworks Liverpool. Oh and for aviation geeks, the clinic has an airline theme which is refreshingly different to the traditional style of dental surgeries.
Richard Salkeld
Richard Salkeld
18:47 08 Apr 18
I chose Smileworks for my braces and could not be happier with my decision and have been recommending them ever since! There is always a friendly atmosphere at Smileworks and I’m always talked through what will be happening during my appointment. The late opening hours are perfect for fitting in around work and I have never had to wait longer than my given appointment time on every visit so far. In just 5 months Smileworks have managed to drastically straighten my teeth which I didn’t even think was possible after expecting a minimum of 1 year treatment!
Chelsea Borrow
Chelsea Borrow
21:35 19 Apr 18
Honestly the best customer service I have ever received. The receptionist is so friendly and helpful and the staff who looked at my teeth were very professional, always making sure that I was okay throughout. Nothing was too much trouble and they made sure that I left with full knowledge of what my teeth whitening procedure was going to be and answered all questions! Will definitely be recommending to friends and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment!
Sophie B
Sophie B
11:20 28 Apr 18
From my consultation to the end result I received the best customer service I have experienced. I was looked after by Paula and Emily who were both so welcoming, friendly and helpful and answered all of my questions. The consultation itself was so in depth and helpful and I learnt things that no other dentist had told me. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting dental treatment and I would definitely return.
Amy Robertshaw
Amy Robertshaw
14:23 29 Apr 18
Excellent treatment performed by professional dentists. I did NOT feel the dentist's hands when digging the tooth that caused a strong pain. I did NOT feel at all what happened:) smile and thanks a lot after 30 min of treatment. A narrative: The clinic gave me a fast track consultation as an emergency appointment when I call them in the early morning because of sudden and increasing pain over night after passing another clinic in a day before. Recent equipments of x-ray 4k that can take images of teeth and identity problems before handelling any treatment clearly after 5 min. The clinic is on high standards. It is highly appreciated and highly recommended. Thanks a lot.
Hany Ahmed
Hany Ahmed
02:13 31 May 18
The customer service at this dental practice is some of the best I have experienced in any organisation period. All staff are a credit to themselves and their employer. Friendly, bubbly, knowledgable and considerate. The treatment was top class, the facilities brilliant and the location very central and convenient. I don't often bother to leave reviews on Google, but I think it's worth the effort this time. Well done to all at Smileworks - outstanding.
Paul Gregory
Paul Gregory
21:16 13 Jun 18
Amazing customer care and advice and treatment for removal of a very painful wisdom tooth. NHS removal via my own dentist was going to be 6-8weeks waiting time. Smileworks were very understanding and arranged emergency appointment and then an extraction within a few days. There were no complications and the whole experience was first class. Everything was explained and there were excellent follow up calls to check I was Ok and no issues. So glad not to be taking anymore pain relief. Am considering switching my dentist!
Mike Whiting
Mike Whiting
14:44 27 Jun 18
I booked an appointment having not been to the dentist for a while through Kerry who was very helpful. My consultation was completed by Bambi and Ewa. My appointment was very thorough and I was extremely impressed with the level of service. I would definitely recommend smileworks to my friends and family. Thank you for looking after me!
Ste Glover
Ste Glover
18:54 27 Jun 18
Amazing! In order to get braces I have done a comprehensive research and booked initial appointments in several places in Liverpool. I have found out that in many of them I wouldn’t be treated by an orthodontist, but by a person who only has a certificate (and is lacking the knowledge and experience that an orthodontist has), and in some places there was a weird, cold, "we don't really care" attitude, plus I would only see a dental nurse. Smileworks keeps it's standards high, will always welcome you like an old friend, with smiles and care! Laurence, the orthodontist, very nice and very professional guy, investigated my case, went through a treatment plan with me, and I left happy, knowing I found my place and that I can trust them. My first appointment with Smileworks was 10 months ago, and since then I enjoy every visit, every conversation, every appt follow up, everything about this place! Great energy, great people and great results. It’s a no brainer, I can’t recommend it enough! Thank you for creating such an amazing experience for your customers!
Maja Socha
Maja Socha
11:13 03 Jul 18
Amazing place to make yourself more confident and happy about your smile. All team are really friendly and helpful. Dr. Laurence is fantastic made me feel so comfortable and relaxed, he is so knowledgeable and explains everything!
Roma Neverdauskaitė
Roma Neverdauskaitė
16:49 05 Jul 18
Amazing! In order to get braces I have done a comprehensive research and booked initial appointments in several places in Liverpool. I have found out that in many of them I wouldn’t be treated by an orthodontist, but by a person who only has a certificate (and is lacking the knowledge and experience that an orthodontist has), and in some places there was a weird, cold, "we don't really care" attitude, plus I would only see a dental nurse. Smileworks keeps it's standards high, will always welcome you like an old friend, with smiles and care! Laurence, the orthodontist, very nice and very professional guy, investigated my case, went through a treatment plan with me, and I left happy, knowing I found my place and that I can trust them. My first appointment with Smileworks was 10 months ago, and since then I enjoy every visit, every conversation, every appt follow up, everything about this place! Great energy, great people and great results. It’s a no brainer, I can’t recommend it enough! Thank you for creating such an amazing experience for your customers!
Maja Socha
Maja Socha
11:14 03 Jul 18
Paula & Emily treated me very thoroughly and did a very good job at putting me at ease. The practice is very clean and modern. Dr Lawrence has also been brilliant. I have absolutely nothing negative to say, so glad I found this practice!
Jennifer Josephine
Jennifer Josephine
17:54 25 Jul 18

 

 

 

 

Dental work and prep

Porcelain veneers require dental work to be carried out before they are fitted.  Your original teeth need to be drilled down into a special shape to accept the final veneer.  The veneer is basically glued on and fixed in place. As soon as you touch any teeth with the dentists drill, there is an increased chance that the tooth will be damaged or die.  The risk that you will need a root canal skyrockets when you drill a tooth and some patients will eventually need implants as time takes its toll on a ‘prepped’ or drilled tooth.

 

Teeth are living parts of your body and if you damage them with the dentists drill they have a higher likelihood of becoming problematic.  This is one of the main risks of porcelain veneers.  With composite bonding, on the other hand, there is no need to touch the teeth with the dentists drill.  You won’t need any injections and the work will just involve sculpting the composite resin onto the tooth underneath.

 

 

Finish and durability – composite vs porcelain

Some dentists say that porcelain veneers look better although we would disagree with this statement.  The difference between composite and lab-produced veneers is simply who makes them.  With porcelain veneers your dentist will speak to the lab technician or ceramist and he or she will create the veneers.  They come back in a beautiful little box and everybody goes ‘wow’ and they are fitted to your teeth.

 

Only sometimes they don’t fit right.  Or other times they are slightly the wrong shade or luminosity.  Things don’t always go to plan with labs and although here at Smileworks we use great labs, they still sometimes don’t look perfect so we need to send them back for refinements.  We would NEVER fit work that’s not absolutely perfect so sometimes this process can be quite laborious and involve a bit of to-and-fro.

 

 

Finish and durability – who makes them?

Conversely composite veneers are made by your dentist.  So what does this mean?  Well it means that you need a dentist with real talent and skill who has worked with many composite resins and knows the process inside out.  You’re dentist will also need to be artistic to create a lifelike and beautiful result.  After all the composite veneer is a tiny tooth-sculpture.  So here at Smileworks we say that the people who say composite veneers are not as good as lab veneers only have themselves to blame!  It’s a bit like a carpenter saying, ‘the cabinets I make are never as good as the ones I get from Ikea’  Well get the skills to make better cabinets then!

 

 

To request a phonecall from our team about getting composite veneers fill out the form below – or read on for the rest of the article;

 

Are composite veneers safe?

 

Materials Safety

There are really two parts to this question.  Patients who ask the question, “are composite veneers safe” are really asking two different things.  There is firstly the question of the materials.  Composite resin is extremely safe and although they contain trace amounts of all sorts of chemicals, it’s widely accepted that there’s more bad stuff in what you eat than what’s in the composite resin in your teeth.

 

There was a bunch of people on the internet telling us that dental amalgam causes all sorts of nasty diseases but this was found to be completely false.  You can read all about it here. Composite is similar.  The chemicals in composite resin are rendered almost completely inert and you’re likely to get a higher dose of mercury from eating a fresh tuna steak than from your dental work.

 

 

Oral health safety

The other question is about the health and safety of your smile.  You’ll read all about how porcelain veneers can ‘ruin your smile’ etc etc and this is to some extent true.  Like we said, each time you touch a tooth with a drill it increases it’s risk of failing.  Also veneers need to be maintained and replaced a number of times in a patient’s lifetime.  Composite veneers on the other hand do not carry any of these risks.

 

Sure they may chip off but you can get them bonded back on or remade for very little cost.  If you get composite bonding at Smileworks we guarantee our work and will fix your chips and cracks up for free if they are not caused by your own neglect.  So resin bonding is arguably much safer for your smile than porcelain veneers.  It’s a conservative, less invasive method that is fully reversible, unlike veneers that are a huge decision and an even bigger investment that must be considered carefully.

 

 

Cost and Prices

 

We’ve already discussed this briefly but to learn more about the price of veneers see our main article on veneers cost here.

 

 

Composite veneers last 5-10 years and cost between £200-£400 per tooth.  Porcelain lasts 10-25 years, costing between £400-£850 per tooth.  Composite is minimally invasive and doesn’t damage the underlying tooth structure, making it popular with younger patients.  It’s also a single appointment procedure which many find more convenient.

 

Your procedure

The procedure for resin bonding is very simple.  First you come along for a consultation either with our treatment coordinator or a cosmetic dentist.  At your consultation your dentist will do a full assessment of your mouth.  Here they will make sure everything is healthy and good to go.  You can choose to have your veneers made straight away.  And your dentist will discuss with your dentist precisely what you would like.

 

 

Then you sit back in the chair and your cosmetic dentist gets to work.  There are no injections of any sort and your teeth are simply cleaned and prepared for the composite to go on.  This doesn’t involve any drilling or filing and the composite is put straight on.  Then the magic happens as your dentist shapes and sculpts the composite to look perfect.  Then she polishes them to make them look lifelike.

 

 

And that’s it.  If there are any tiny irregularities or imperfections your dentist will sort them there and then and you can start smiling and feeling great immediately.  The entire process never takes more than a couple of hours and patients are always absolutely delighted with their results.  Take a look at some of our work in the next section.

 

 

Here at Smileworks patients who have six or more composite veneers can take advantage of teeth whitening for free.  You can discuss this with your dentist at your appointment.

 

 

Before and After Gallery

 

 

Here are some Smileworks before and after pictures of what we can do with composites.

 

Composite 1b&a 2018

 

composite veneer before and after
Composite resin bonding
composite veneer before and after
Braces and composite veneers – check out the shape of the teeth before and after.

before and after

before and after picture

 

Composite 2b&a 2018

 

Composite fillings 2018

 

Composite before and after

 

 

How long do composite veneers last?

This is a difficult question and is almost largely dependent on how well you look after them.  If you have bruxism (tooth grinding) then your composites will chip and crack just like your normal teeth.  Your Smileworks dentist can make you a night guard to help keep the veneers looking in tip top condition for longer.  But the way you bite your teeth together and wear and tear is unavoidable and most estimates for composite veneers are between 2-8 years.

 

 

Remember that porcelain veneers last for between 10-20 years but can be five times more expensive.  So the lifetime of composite veneers may be something that you worry about but is rarely a problem for patients.  If you keep chipping your composites and there is an underlying problem then our talented cosmetic dentists will be able to help you with it.

 

 

Here at Smileworks we have 100% happy patients – you can see our five star google reviews here.  And we’ll do everything to not only guarantee the work but make sure that your smile is healthy and looking great with your resin veneers for a very long time.

 

 

FAQs

 

 

Are composite veneers safe?

Composite veneers are safe in that the resin material they are made from is inert and will not cause you harm.  They are also less invasive than porcelain because the teeth do not need to be drilled as the resin is sculpted onto the tooth surface by your dentist.

 

 

Are composite veneers better than porcelain veneers?

less invasive, better for your oral health, look just as beautiful, are cheaper and last for a long time.  But they are not better only different.  If you have significant problems or badly damaged teeth then porcelain veneers may be your only option.  But for two patents who could choose between the two and are both suitable, we’d go for composites every time.

 

 

Are composite veneers worth it?

We’d surely say yes to this question.  They are significantly better value than porcelain and some patients simply don’t have £5,000 sitting around in their bank accounts.  Also if you are a younger patient and have healthy teeth, a caring dentist would be extremely reticent to start drilling them down to pegs for composite veneers.  Unfortunately we see this frequently in Liverpool and are dead against it.  No matter how much money you give us, we’re not going to compromise healthy teeth.  We’re not going to fit your them with a bunch of giant veneers and compromise your future dental health.  That’s not how we roll here at Smileworks.

 

 

Are composite veneers any good?

Sure they are.  We’ve kind of gone over all the great benefits of getting composite veneers.  If you’d like to get more information why not call the office and speak to someone on 0151 236 5166

 

 

Am I a good candidate?

Most patients are suitable for composite veneers.  Like we said before, if you have badly damaged teeth then they might not be suitable for you.  But many problems can be corrected that many patients have.  We’d say that patients who are a bit younger with healthy natural teeth are the best candidates.

 

 

Can I get them on finance?

Yes you can.  Many patients pay for their composite smile makeovers with finance and we offer 0% 12 months.  Alternatively we offer 9.9% interest bearing finance over 5 years.  This makes your treatment affordable and of course the work is guaranteed.

 

 

Call 0151 236 5166 for a consultation or to speak to someone in more detail about how composite veneers can help restore your smile and help you live a life of happiness, confidence and success!

 

 

Do you want to know what it’s like at Smileworks?  Take a look at our Video and 360° tour below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi I’m looking to have the composite veneers done .. how do I go about getting an appointment
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