Composite veneers are a popular way to enhance the appearance of your smile and if you’re considering them, you’re probably weighing up the pros and cons.

composite veneers pros and cons

Dental care has evolved a lot over the years and there are many innovative treatments available. Composite veneers, otherwise known as composite bonding are not necessarily new to the market, but the benefits might not be so well known.

Composite veneers are an alternative to porcelain veneers and might also be a substitute for dental crowns in certain circumstances such as repairing damaged teeth.

Composite dental veneers are a surprisingly simple and affordable option that many people overlook. They can help correct a wide range of cosmetic issues like chipped, stained, crooked or gappy teeth, giving a natural-looking result.

Dr Joe Oliver is one of the UK’s most renowned cosmetic dentists and has fitted more than 40,000 veneers over his 30-plus years in the industry.

If you’re considering composite veneers, speak to a member of our team by calling 020 4579 1355 or by emailing Alternatively, you can book a free consultation online.

Composite Resin Veneers


Unlike porcelain veneers which are created in a dental laboratory, composite veneers can be applied by your dentist in just one sitting. There is little to no tooth preparation required and your tooth enamel will not need to be filed as is the case with porcelain veneers.

The veneer is made from a composite material that is applied as a thin layer to the front surface of natural teeth. The resin is applied as a soft material but will quickly harden once your cosmetic dentist has moulded the resin into shape.

The tooth-coloured resin can be made to match your existing tooth enamel or you can opt for veneers that are several shades lighter than the colour of your existing teeth.


As composite veneers are malleable during the application process, they can be suitable for correcting teeth that are chipped or cracked. The composite resin is very versatile and can be applied to a single tooth, just the front teeth or as a full set of composite veneers.

Veneers are thin and unobtrusive, which makes them a brilliant way to enhance your natural teeth and smile. Traditional porcelain veneers have grown in popularity after becoming a go-to for many celebrities and sports stars.

Porcelain vs. Composite Veneers

Pros and Cons

Composite veneers offer a quick and effortless fix for dental issues but what they gain in convenience, they lack in longevity compared to porcelain veneers.

With proper maintenance, composite veneers can last around 4 – 8 years before they need replacing. Porcelain veneers can last 15+ years and Doctor Joe Oliver has had patients whose veneers have lasted beyond 25 years.

That being said, porcelain veneers are thin shells that are attached to the entire tooth. If the veneers become damaged, a replacement set may be required which can be costly.

Porcelain and composite veneers can offer many benefits, and the type of veneer that’s right for you might depend on your budget and lifestyle factors.


  • No tooth preparation
  • Brighter and whiter teeth
  • Help to repair minor dental problems
  • Just one appointment for your perfect smile
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to repair or replace
  • Quick application – no dental lab required
  • Affordable


  • Not as long-lasting
  • May be prone to staining
  • Can become chipped or damaged more easily

Compared to porcelain veneers, composite bonding isn’t as robust but they can be repaired without needing to remove the entire veneer from the tooth.

How Much Do Composite Veneers Cost?

The cost of composite veneers will vary depending on your individual circumstances but you can book a free no-obligation consultation to get an accurate quote.

You can view the full price list and financing details for all of our procedures here.

Is the procedure painful for composite veneers?

Composite bonding is a pain-free procedure since there is no need to do any preparation work on your teeth. The composite veneer is applied in thin layers of soft bonding material that will gently harden over time.

How frequently will you have to replace your composite veneers?

Although the composite resin is relatively hard-wearing, compared to porcelain veneers, composite veneers will usually need to be replaced more regularly. With appropriate care, they could last up to 8 years.

How can I care for my composite veneers?

You should care for your composite veneers as you would your natural teeth, with regular brushing. Choose a nonabrasive toothpaste and try to steer clear of foods that stain.

Book a consultation

If you’d like more information to help you choose the right type of veneer for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch

We offer free online consultations or you can contact our Manchester and London clinics by calling 020 4579 1355 or by emailing