Can You Replace Composite Veneers With Porcelain Veneers?

Posted on: 11 December 2017


Composite veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneers and can last about 5 years before they need to be replaced. However, rather than replace your composite veneers every few years or so, it might actually be cheaper to switch to porcelain veneers since porcelain veneers can last for up to 15 years.

Although the process of placing porcelain veneers differs from that of composite veneers, it is possible to switch from composite veneers to porcelain veneers.

The Composite Veneers Will Be Removed

Because the dentist needs to take an impression of your natural teeth before your porcelain veneers can be made, they will first completely remove the composite veneers. Your dentist will also need to remove some of the enamel on those teeth in order to make room for the porcelain veneers. This could cause some sensitivity both during and after the procedure.

Once the composite veneers have been removed along with a small amount of enamel—if necessary—your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth.

You Will Be Given Temporary Veneers

Before they send you home, your dentist should bond some temporary plastic veneers to your teeth. This will help to prevent any sensitivity that might arise from the removal of enamel, and also allow you to smile without worrying about how your teeth look. Temporary veneers, however, are not an exact replica of the permanent veneers.

Therefore, if you are not comfortable with how they look, remember that they are only temporary. Within 2-3 weeks, your permanent veneers should be ready to be placed. Whilst wearing your temporary veneers, stay away from staining foods such as yellow curry as temporary veneers stain very easily. Also, keep in mind that temporary veneers break easily.

You Should Ask for a Mock-Up

The most important aspect of getting porcelain veneers, aside from choosing the right dentist, is knowing what your veneers will look like beforehand. Always request a mock-up from your cosmetic dentist so that you know what your new porcelain veneers will look and feel like.

A mock-up will allow you to try on your veneers for a few days so that you can decide if they are the right size, shape and colour. Your dentist may also show you a photograph of what the final veneers will look like once complete. This will at least allow you to have full control over what your porcelain veneers will look like, meaning there will be no unpleasant surprises later.

Composite veneers can easily be replaced with porcelain veneers. However, due to the greater expense and preparation involved, ensure that you know exactly what you are getting before your veneers are placed.