Composite veneers are a more affordable alternative to ceramic veneers. These restorations consist of a tooth-colored plastic-like material that bonds permanently to the tooth. Depending on how many teeth are done and how much time is scheduled, they can be completed in a single visit. Whitening and brightening, correcting misalignment, and altering shape can still be accomplished with composite veneers. Generally, composite veneers are less durable and have a less lifelike appearance than ceramic veneers, but are significantly more affordable.
The cost for veneers varies based on several factors. Veneers are normally billed per tooth, so getting veneers on the front eight teeth is twice as expensive as doing the front four teeth. As mentioned above, composite veneers are significantly less expensive than porcelain veneers. The price per composite veneer may also fluctuate depending on whether the tooth has decay or not. A ballpark fee for a composite veneer is $300-500 while a porcelain veneer is $900-1300 per tooth. If you have dental insurance, check to see if there is coverage for cosmetic procedures. The specific dental insurance codes are D2960-D2962. If you have questions, please give us a call. 540 342 6800
Composite veneers may cost $500-$1200 per tooth
Composite veneers may last up to ten years, however often staining, chipping or wear can occur after only 1-2 years. These changes can sometimes be fixed without replacing the entire composite veneer.
Resin veneers (also known as composite veneers) are bonded to the tooth and are shaped chairside by your dentist. Porcelain veneers (also known as ceramic veneers) are fabricated outside of the mouth by a lab technician. Porcelain veneers are more durable, more lifelike, and more esthetic than resin veneers.
Composite veneers do not ruin a tooth, but sometimes the treatment is not reversible. Composite veneers are bonded to tooth enamel. In some cases the composite is simply added to the tooth and no tooth enamel is removed. This is a reversible treatment, since the composite could be removed from the tooth later. Other times enamel is removed so that corrections to rotation, angulation or color can be made. In these cases, the treatment is not reversible.
Composite veneers are a quick and relatively inexpensive way to achieve improved cosmetics of the smile. They are, however, prone to wear and discoloration over time, especially in comparison to ceramic veneers.