Porcelain Veneers vs. Composite Veneers

When looking to fix cosmetic corrections or a smile makeover, veneers are usually a good option. The industry offers two main types of veneers, which are composite veneers and porcelain veneers. To choose the type that will match your needs, you will have to consider several factors.

First, what is the difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells made of porcelain that adhere to the outermost surface of the user’s teeth. On the other hand, composite veneers are made of resin, which a dentist adheres to the outermost surface of the teeth. The primary role of the two types of veneers is to improve the user’s smile by whitening or matching the teeth.

The application time

The application time of the composite veneers is less than that of the porcelain veneers. That is because a Miranda dentist can do them chair side within the same dental visit. A dentist has to match the resin to your teeth’s shade for a natural appearance. They then add the resin to the teeth, cure and polish it for natural appearance. You will walk on the same day with a great appearance.

Dentists generally require more time to apply porcelain veneers – the application can take up to two visits. To apply the veneers, a dentist has to remove a thin layer from your teeth and take a notion of the teeth to receive the porcelain veneer. After that, they will send the layer to the laboratory. When waiting for the fabrication of your veneers, you will wear temporary veneers. And during the second visit, the dentist will bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth.

–          The durability

Compared to composite veneers, porcelain veneers can last for 10-15 years, with good care. On the other hand, composite veneers can last for 4-5 years. Even though porcelain is very fragile, it is more durable if bonded to stronger teeth. Composite is a strong material but it is not as durable as porcelain and is prone to chipping. Porcelain is not repairable and will need replacement if damages. A dentist will always repair a composite veneer after it chips.

–          Aesthetics

Due to its translucent nature, porcelain will catch light in a similar way the natural teeth do. Composite resin offers a great look but it cannot match the results porcelain provides. And because porcelain is stain resistant, you will never need to whiten your teeth. Composite veneers are known to stain like the natural teeth. Finally, porcelain veneers are irreversible. If you are unhappy with composite veneers, you can reverse them at any time.

–          The cost

The cost of porcelain veneers will be higher than that of the composite veneers initially. However, the placement of the porcelain will take a longer time and will require more resources and expertise. Dentists work with carefully chosen labs and charge high to fabricate the porcelain. If you take the replacement and repair costs in consideration, you are likely to notice that composite veneers are expensive than the porcelain counterparts.