Resin, or composite, veneers are crafted out of a putty-like material and are then bonded to teeth. They can reshape, resize, and re-color teeth. Applying resin veneers to teeth requires the permanent removal of part of the outer layer of dental enamel, so the procedure is irreversible.
Resin veneers are falling by the wayside as porcelain veneers gain in popularity - resin is considered an outdated material by many dentists Its main advantage is price (resin veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneers) and speed (they can be made and applied faster).
What It's Good For
Composite resin veneers hide imperfections that mar your teeth. They can hide discolorations and repair gaps, chips, and general age-related issues. Slightly overlapping or crooked teeth may be fixed with resin veneers.
Who it works for: If you have stained teeth that don't respond well to bleaching or laser treatments, then resin veneers may be an option. Resin veneers are more affordable than porcelain veneers, though less durable. Resin veneers also tend to look less lustrous than porcelain veneers.
Recommended age range: Resin veneers - and all veneers - work best when they are attached to adult teeth.
When will I see results?: Composite veneers can be attached to teeth as soon as they harden, which takes less than an hour.
How long it lasts: Though cheaper, resin veneers are less durable than porcelain veneers. They last about five years on average, about half as long as porcelain veneers.
Key benefits of resin veneers: Unlike porcelain veneers, resin veneers can be crafted during a single visit to the dentist. They can also be repaired if they break or crack.