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A 60-year-old male asked:

can composite resin applied to natural front teeth look nice and shiny as porcelin (want to avoid veneers and chalky look, if possible) when it dries?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. April Ziegele
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
For a while: It can for a while but will dull and pick up stain over time. It's a more porous material and will lose its shine.
Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 years experience
Definetly: Restoring anterior teeth is an art, you need to find a very good dentist. You don't save much , most denti chatge for their time and expertise.If cost is an issue try bleaching.Check out my website, i tend to do a lot of cosmetic veneers.
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 45 years experience
Skill matters: With the right material in the right hands you can have great results. I recently saw a patient who i treated with composite veneers 10 years ago she still looks great and the material today for composite veneers is even better. Go for it. ! plus they cost less.
Dr. Brian Langenfeld
Dentistry 40 years experience
Composite Veneers: Most cosmetic dentist can provide composite veneers for you. They can be made to look almost as nice as porcelain. Down side is that they can chip and stain. If you do have them done, use a non abrasive tooth paste to clean them like rembrandt. Look for credentials of a dentist belonging to the aacd, american academy of cosmetic dentistry, lvi or an artistic dentist.

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