Composite Veneers Vs Porcelain Veneers

January 20, 2021 by Dr Gurs Sehmi

Cosmetic Dentistry, Smile Makeovers, Veneers

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Composite Veneers Vs Porcelain Veneers: What’s The Difference

If you are considering getting veneers, finding the right ones that work for you and your oral condition, whether it be bite problems or discolouration is important.

Very effective when it comes to correcting crooked or gappy smiles, the two different types of veneers both have strong advantages and can create a beautiful new smile for you.

But, first, what are the differences between the two and which one will be the right fit?

The regular veneer application is a permanent one, so it’s essential to meet with one of our professional cosmetic dentists to determine which procedure is right for you.

Composite veneers

New and innovative materials have emerged to improve the veneer procedure and provide patients with more options when it comes to the preparation of their existing teeth.

Composite veneers provide a life-like and very natural appearance that is actually NON-destructive to the tooth structure.

Known to last a long time, the composite material is durable, however, as it is not as strong as porcelain, this type of veneer will not last as long in comparison.

Composite veneers use a tooth-coloured resin that matches your natural tooth shade.

Applied to the tooth in layers, it is sculpted when directly applied to the tooth. This will help you to achieve the exact shape and appearance of your new smile.

Often used in minor corrections where tooth chipping and discolouration is present, they can also be used to correct the misalignment of teeth in order to give a whiter and straighter appearance.

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Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are a lot like false fingernails – they are applied directly to the front surface of the tooth and are not to be confused with crowns that cover the entire tooth. 

The super-thin shells are custom-made to fit directly over your existing teeth in order to give the most natural-looking finish possible.

The translucent properties of the porcelain allow the veneers to actually mimic the light, which gives it the characteristics of natural enamel providing the tooth with a sense of depth.

They are provenly very strong and can last a lifetime once applied.

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Composite vs porcelain: A comparison guide

  • Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining, however, do proceed with caution as the cement is not and either is the underlying tooth. However, the veneers do provide strong protection from everyday amenities like tea, coffee and red wine. Composite veneers in comparison can slightly discolour over time, but even with this modern material, it will only be minimal.
  • Unfortunately, porcelain veneers cannot be fixed or repaired. Once broken or chipped, they will need to be replaced. Hence why it is important to take special care of them. Composite veneers can be restored in one visit by a professional and experienced cosmetic dentist.
  • Porcelain veneers are considered to be one of the longest-lasting due to their very strong properties. This means that they tend to last anywhere from 15 years to a lifetime if good care is taken and regular hygiene care is continued. Composite veneers in comparison do not last as long and will need to be refreshed or replaced more often – this is because the resin material is not as durable as the porcelain.
  • Porcelain veneers are custom-made by an expert ceramist in a dental laboratory, which can either be onsite or in a different location. This means that the process takes slightly longer with two appointments required to to fit and place them. Composite veneers are known as immediate veneers and can be placed in one visit and are crafted in the chair by a dentist.
  • The application process slightly differs also. Porcelain veneers require slight removal of the tooth’s front surface so the veneer can be attached securely and safely. This process is irreversible but does not damage the tooth’s structure in comparison to crowns. Composite veneers, in this case, leave the underlying tooth intact as it does not damage the tooth in any way.

See: Leading cosmetic dentist explains why you should not be scared to get veneers

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Medically reviewed & updated on January 20, 2021

Medically Reviewed By:

Dr Gurs Sehmi

Reviewed by Dr Gurs Sehmi

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