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What Are The Different Materials Of Dental Veneers And The Pros And Cons Of Each?

Hi, Dr Miranda Sageman from Bespoke Dental.

Today I want to share with you the two different ways to improve your smile.

I just finished a Smile Consultation with a long term patient, Isabelle from Deakin, and she asked me, I’m not 100% happy with my smile. ’I don’t like the colour, or the way my front teeth are spaced? Is there something that can be done about them?”

I get asked these questions regularly, so I thought I’d make this short video sharing some information about dental veneers.

Dental Veneers help to improve a smile. The two types of materials we use are composite resin and porcelain (or ceramic).

Let’s start with composite veneers, also known as cosmetic bonding. The advantages of a composite resin veneer is that it’s done directly in the mouth by the dentist. It is easily reversible and adjustable. It is done in one session. It is cheaper than porcelain, as there is no laboratory cost. The disadvantage is that the composite is not as robust as porcelain in thin sections. They usually last two to five years, and sometimes blocking out a heavily discounted tooth can be difficult.

Porcelain veneers are usually made in a laboratory by a dental ceramist. They are stronger and less plaque-retentive compared with composite veneers. They can strengthen the underlying tooth structure via bonding. They can last up to 10 years or more. The disadvantage is that they may need some preparation of the tooth, bonding in six veneers at once is technique-sensitive, the cost will be greater due to laboratory involvement and at least two appointments are required.

Both types of veneers can provide a smile that gives you an immediate boost in confidence.

I hope this gives you some insights about dental veneers. Here at Bespoke Dental, we have done many veneers over the years, transforming our patients’ smiles. So if you are considering upgrading your smile, we would love to look after you.

Simply give us a call, complete the form on our website, or direct message us on social media, and our friendly team will be in touch to organise your appointment. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Note: All content and media on the Bespoke Dental website and social media channels are created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.

Services We Mentioned:

Dental Veneers

Cosmetic Dentistry

Comprehensive Examination And Hygiene

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Always a lovely experience. The team at Bespoke Dental make going to the dentist something to look forward to.

Zoe S.


Dr Miranda Sageman is definitely the best dentist I have seen in Canberra. She is thorough and genuinely cares for her patients. The team at Bespoke Dental are professional and provide excellent service. I would not go anywhere else for dental treatment. Highly recommended!