Composite veneers are a popular and effective cosmetic dental treatment that can transform your smile. If you’re considering getting composite veneers, it’s natural to wonder how long they will last and what factors can impact their durability.

Our cutting-edge dental practice, led by celebrity-favourite Dr Joe Oliver, is dedicated to providing you with the latest information on composite veneers. With our expertise and advanced techniques, we can help you achieve a beautiful smile that lasts.

Take advantage of our free online consultations and find out everything you need to know about composite veneers.

You can find Dr Joe Oliver’s clinics in London and Manchester. Get in touch online, via WhatsApp on 07552 914976, via email at or call 0204 579 1353.

What are composite veneers and composite bonding?

Composite veneers refer to a cosmetic dental procedure where a tooth-coloured composite material is applied to the front surface of your natural teeth. This process, also known as composite bonding, involves bonding the composite resin material to your teeth, resulting in a veneer-like appearance.

By using a composite material, this procedure can effectively reshape and improve the appearance of teeth, resulting in a dramatic transformation.

If you’re looking to enhance the look of your teeth by addressing concerns like discolouration, chips or gaps, composite veneers can be an excellent choice.

These veneers are designed specifically for you, ensuring that they blend in seamlessly with the shape and colour of your existing teeth. With composite veneers, you can achieve a natural-looking and flawless smile.

What is the difference between composite and porcelain veneers?

Composite and porcelain veneers can provide similar results in terms of improving the appearance of your teeth. However, there are a few key differences to consider.

Firstly, the main distinction lies in the materials used. Composite veneers are made from a tooth-coloured resin that is applied directly to your teeth and shaped accordingly. Porcelain veneers are crafted from a thin ceramic shell that is custom-made to fit over your natural teeth.

When it comes to longevity and durability, porcelain veneers tend to be more resistant to staining and can last longer than composite veneers with proper care. They are also known for their strength and ability to withstand daily wear and tear.

In terms of cost, composite veneers are generally more affordable compared to their porcelain counterparts. This is because they require less complex fabrication processes and can be done in fewer dental visits.

Finally, treatment time may vary between composite and porcelain veneer procedures. Composite veneers can often be completed in just one visit, while porcelain veneers typically require multiple appointments as they need to be fabricated in a dental laboratory before being bonded onto your teeth.

Overall, both types of veneers offer cosmetic improvements but differ when it comes to material composition, longevity, durability, cost and treatment time. It’s important to consult with your cosmetic dentist who can evaluate your specific needs and guide you towards the most suitable option for achieving your desired smile transformation.

How long do composite veneers last? What you need to know

While composite veneers can be a long-lasting solution for improving your smile, their lifespan depends on various factors. These include your oral hygiene practices, dietary habits, teeth grinding or clenching habits, and regular dental check-ups.

While composite veneers may not have the same durability as porcelain veneers, they offer unmatched convenience. By giving them proper care and attention, you can expect composite veneers to last between 4 to 8 years before requiring replacement.

How long do composite veneers last compared to porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are known for their longevity, often lasting 15 years or even longer. However, it’s important to note that they do come with a higher price compared to composite veneers. Some of Dr Joe Oliver’s patients have experienced the impressive durability of their veneers lasting for more than 25 years.

Over time, it is possible for the composite resin used in composite veneers to become stained or discoloured more easily compared to other materials. It’s important to be aware of this potential issue when considering the longevity and maintenance of your veneers.

While composite material may not be as durable as porcelain veneers, one advantage is that it can be easily repaired if it becomes damaged.

Unlike porcelain veneers, which require complete replacement if damaged, composite veneers can typically be fixed without the need for extensive replacement procedures. This makes them a more cost-effective and convenient option for those concerned about potential damage.

What is composite resin?

Composite resin veneers are made from a unique combination of plastic and glass materials. This resin material is used in composite bonding because it is both flexible and durable – making it ideal for dental applications.

By applying a resin to the front surface of the teeth, a natural-looking appearance and texture can be achieved. The material used in this process is similar to the one used for dental fillings, making it perfectly safe for use.

Teeth-bonding resin is a widely used material due to its remarkable malleability. It offers great flexibility when it comes to attaching it to the teeth, allowing for precise customisation to achieve the desired shape effectively.

Why do composite veneers need to be replaced sooner than porcelain veneers?

Over time, composite veneers made with composite resin may be more susceptible to staining and discolouration. The resin material is not as robust as that used in porcelain veneers, so may be more prone to chips and cracks.

While composite veneers may not be as durable as porcelain veneers, one advantage they offer is that if they do get damaged, they can be repaired rather than needing to replace the entire veneer. This can save both time and money for those who may need repairs in the future.

How to make sure your dental veneers last

Following these basic principles can help to make sure your composite veneers last.

Maintain good oral hygiene

It’s important to take care of your composite veneers in the same way you would with your natural teeth. Brush them twice a day using toothpaste that isn’t abrasive to effectively remove any food particles that could lead to stains and tooth decay.

Regular flossing is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and proper oral hygiene. By removing trapped debris, flossing helps to prevent potential damage to dental veneers, preserving their longevity. Not only does it ensure clean teeth, but it also contributes to improved overall oral health.

Regular dental check-ups

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining the longevity of composite bonding. By scheduling these appointments, you not only ensure that your dental veneers remain in good condition but also gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth are healthy.

Foods to avoid with composite veneers

While occasional indulgence is fine, it’s important to be cautious when consuming hard foods like boiled sweets and sticky treats. These types of foods have the potential to dislodge or crack composite fillings, so it’s best to avoid them to maintain the integrity of your dental veneers.

If you find yourself indulging in brightly-coloured foods that have teeth-staining potential, consider rinsing your mouth afterwards. This simple step can help minimise the chances of noticeable stains on your teeth.

Avoid teeth grinding

Teeth grinding can cause issues for your natural teeth let alone composite or porcelain veneers. If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep, speak to your dentist about getting a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums.

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.

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You can find Dr Joe Oliver’s clinics in London and Manchester. Get in touch online, via WhatsApp on 07552 914976, via email at or call 0204 579 1353.