What is the difference between porcelain veneers, composite veneers and composite bonding?

“My role as a dentist is to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. The best way to do that is with a treatment plant that is personally tailored to you, and works within your budget.”

Dr James Bartalotta

What are dental veneers?

Veneers cover the front surface of your natural teeth to correct imperfections in tooth shape, colour, size or alignment.

What is the difference between porcelain veneers, composite veneers and composite bonding?

Porcelain veneers are made of ultra-thin ceramic porcelain that are placed over your existing teeth. Porcelain veneers provide the ultimate aesthetic approach for enhancing your smile. They are a highly durable and stain resistant replacement of your natural tooth enamel.

Composite veneers is a treatment of a strong composite resin material added directly to your teeth and sculpted free-hand. Composite can be applied to the entire tooth and there is greater flexibility in the decision of your tooth shade and shape. Composite veneers can achieve a great aesthetic result, however are less durable and long lasting than porcelain veneers.

Composite bonding is applied to the edges of the teeth to fix chips, cracks and correct tooth shape for a more aesthetic look. The composite material is bonded to your natural tooth therefore the shade needs to be matched to your natural tooth shade. Once the composite material is applied, it cannot be whitened or changed. It’s recommended for patients to have their teeth whitened in chair and have bonding done afterwards. A take home whitening kit will help maintain your white smile. 

Porcelain veneer results

Porcelain veneers will roughly last 10-15 years. This also depends on the way you look after your veneers. It’s important to understand that any prosthetic work you have done to your teeth should be be maintained even more closely than your natural teeth, therefore regular dental checkup’s are recommended.

Porcelain veneer results with Dr James Bartalotta

Composite veneer results

Every individual and case is unique and results may vary. All dental treatments carry risks and benefits. Please seek a second opinion from a professional healthcare provider.

Can I get a rebate for cosmetic dentistry?

To claim for cosmetic dental treatment you need to have an Extras policy. Depending on your health fund you may need both cover for both General Dental and Major Dental.

Your dentist can provide you with itemised codes of your treatment. Your health fund can use these codes to let you know your level of cover and rebate that will apply.

The team at Care To Compare can help you compare your current health insurance policy against any health fund available in Australia. You can speak with a member of the Care To Compare team on 1300 76 76 00 to find out more.

Is there a waiting period?

A waiting period may apply if you have recently upgraded to a higher level of cover or if you are new to private health insurance. In this case a waiting period of 12 months is likely to apply.

Are there limits on rebates for orthodontic treatment?

Annual limits apply and health funds may offer different benefits and limits depending on your level of cover.

Contact your health insurer or the Care To Compare team to learn more.

Ready to make your smile healthy?Dr James Bartalotta can be contacted directly for a free virtual aesthetic consult or teeth whitening assessment.