Compared with direct composite veneers, porcelain veneers are considered as a more expensive and invasive option in aesthetic restoration.
In a world that is becoming increasingly price sensitive there are more and more stories of patients being very considered in their decision making with respect to a proposed Porcelain Veneer treatment plan.
In a world that is also more informed patients are more desiring of healthcare professionals taking a minimally invasive approach to their healthcare treatment plans.
Because of the price and loss of tooth structure, patient acceptance of porcelain veneer treatment plans is decreasing.
You may have experienced this phenomena in your own practice. Is the number of porcelain veneer case acceptances increasing or decreasing? How many patients do you have thinking about proposed treatment plan?
Have you considered offering direct composite veneers as an alternative on the basis that the clinical outcome meets the expectations of the patient and revenue is being generated for the practice?
Here are three reasons why you should be doing direct composite veneers.\
The goal of minimally-invasive dentistry is to maintain as much of the patients natural dentition so that they have choice in the future with respect to maintaining their oral function. Direct composite veneers are considered minimally invasive when compared to porcelain veneers, and bridges the traditional gap between prevention and surgical procedures.
Affordable for the patient
Direct composite veneers are a more affordable way to give the patient the smile they desire and increases the number of patients in the practices database who may be willing to spend on achieving their desired smiles. According to the Australian National Dental Fee Survey in 2017, the price of a porcelain veneer can be up to $1,983 per tooth, while a composite veneer can be up to $860 per tooth. Costs for direct composite veneers are lower than indirect procedures because there is no need for a second appointment and there are no lab fees to be recovered.
Research shows that at least 60% of direct composite veneers survive for 10 years or more if the treatment plan is completed effectively and maintained by the dentist over the lifetime of the veneers.
Easy to fix
Direct composite veneers are easy to repair if they get damaged and it would be a single appointment job for dentists.
New technologies to ensure an consistent aesthetic outcome
New technologies help to shape the tooth to match the design of the smile whilst leaving the tooth colour choices to the dentists.
ADA annual dental survey conducted in October 2016.