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Composite Veneers - Half the Cost of Porcelain
There are two basic types of veneers, composite and porcelain. Traditionally, porcelain is the first choice due to its predictability in creating great aesthetic results. However, there are two major downsides to using porcelain over composite. The first is that in almost all cases, natural sound tooth structure must be removed in order for the porcelain to replace it and look natural. The second is cost--they're typically about twice as much. In contrast, composite can almost always be a purely additive procedure. The reason that not more dentists offer composite veneers is that they are one of the most difficult and demanding procedures and require an adept artistic touch. Fortunately, I happen to very much enjoy this challenge and have received specialized training in advanced composite layering techniques used to closely imitate natural teeth. In this case, there were spaces and an old filling that the patient wanted fixing. Since braces were not desired, we agreed to use composite to restore this smile.