10 Things to Know Before Getting Composite or Porcelain Veneers

10 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Composite or Porcelain Veneers

William Arthur Ward once said, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness,” and if you want to get closer to people, it’s your fastest key. Luckily, dental veneers offer you the quickest and safest option to improve the shape and colors of your teeth. But what are they, and how can they transform your smile? And what’s the difference between porcelain veneers and composite veneers?



Veneers: the secret for a fascinating smile

They are a thin layer that covers the teeth to give them an aesthetic look and protect their surface from damage. Their fame came from those who wanted to improve their smile due to the ease of installation, the safety, and the immediate, noticeable effect they provide.

When we talk about veneers, it’s not just pure aesthetics; they can shield the outer layer of the tooth and fill the gaps in them, leaving a charming, healthy look.

But, before you decide, or if you’re hesitant, there are some things that you need to know.


There are different types of veneers.

They are most commonly created from composite or porcelain, and each comes with its pros and cons. Composite veneers are cheaper and easier to replace but considered temporary, unlike porcelain veneers, which are more permanent with better end results. Also, porcelain veneers looks more natural, more robust, and it’s resistant to stains. Consider this when opting for the type that suits you.


They are irreversible.

Porcelain veneers are a permanent solution, and once they are placed, they will stay until the dentist removes them. So for that, we advise you to take enough time to consider your decision and discuss it with your dentist to learn more. However, they will always look natural!

porcelain veneers

The procedure will require minimal preparations.

The dentist will take less than 2 millimeters out of your enamel to place them on top. This procedure might cause slight sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures but should disperse within a few days after placement. The procedure is pain-free since the dentist will use anesthetics to numb the area beforehand. Without some shaving of the enamel, the veneer will look bulky and obvious, which is the opposite of the intended result.


You can get it for one tooth.

Every patient needs different numbers of shells, which depends on the budget, condition of teeth, and patient needs. For example, you may require veneers for only one chipped tooth, or you can place it for all your visible teeth according to their condition and the desired result, Contrary to the misconception that veneers should be done for all teeth.

Planning for the future

If you have any upcoming plans that involve facial procedures, such as lip injections, dermal fillers, Botox, or any cosmetic treatment, it’s recommended that you inform your dentist beforehand. This will allow them to consider expected changes and how they can fit with the placed veneers.

Protect your tooth

Since veneers are placed on top of your natural teeth’s surface, they provide protection to the underlying tooth from chipping, preventing stains and discoloration, and preserving its health long-term. The natural smile you’ll have after placing veneers will also make you look younger even when you get older.


Veneers color can be customized.

Some people might think that the whiter your teeth look, the better, which is not the case. Because if your teeth were too white, it gives a fake appearance to your smile, and the perfect results should be as close to natural as possible.

Dr. Ahmad Bandora offers handmade veneers, which allows him to tailor a natural-looking smile that fits your desired look and customize the shape and length better.

Permanent veneers does not mean forever.

Porcelain veneers are permanent, but that does not mean they can last forever. You might have to change them every 10–15 years, and your dentist will tell you when it’s time to replace them. Sometimes, they can look great even after 30 years, but that depends on your dentist and their skills. So you should choose carefully the best one for you.

It’s not one-size-fits-all!

You may think that all the veneers look square and big, which is incorrect. A good dentist can design and tailor the perfect veneers to suit your face and smile. So please don’t be hesitant about having them if that’s the case; you only need to choose the right dentist and see their previous work.

You might not be able to have veneers

Although they can be an excellent choice for many, not everyone can have them. Some oral issues can prevent you from getting them, such as infections and tooth decay. So make sure to come by Oval Clinic in Dubai to get examined and see if you are a candidate for veneers and treat these problems if they exist. Still, there are alternatives to achieve the results you want.

Finally with all that in mind, are you ready to make a choice? You can book an appointment with Dr. Ahmad Bandora right now to get the best results or learn more about how veneers suit you.