What Is The Difference Between Porcelain Veneers & Composite Veneers?

Stuck between Composite veneers or Porcelain veneers? Whether it be a full smile makeover or a cosmetic correction of a tooth, veneers are an exceptional option. Whether it be composite or porcelain, veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. This procedure is ideal for those with chipped or stained teeth. They can also aid in correcting small misalignments and gaps.

There are different types of dental veneers. Porcelain and composite veneers are the two most common types of dental veneers. Both types have their own characteristics and benefits. Then, which one is better? What are the similarities and what are the differences? These are the common questions we get at The Smile Designer about composite and porcelain veneers. This article will outline some useful information on what the differences are and aid you in deciding when speaking to your dentist when considering dental veneers.

What are Porcelain Veneers?
As the name suggests, porcelain veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that is placed over the outer surface of the existing tooth/teeth. This thin shell is customized in a lab for the patient based on their teeth structure. Porcelain veneers overcome both aesthetic and functional issues, they form an effective solution to your cosmetic dentistry concerns.

What are composite veneers?
Composite Veneers are a resin affixed to the outer surface of your existing teeth to improve their appearance. The resin colour is made to match your teeth, this can improve the colour, shape, and dimensions of your, teeth effectively improving your overall smile.

 

What Are the Differences Between Porcelain and Composite Veneers?

Although both porcelain and composite veneers are used for the same purpose they vary in material and characteristics, therefore, having features that have their own pros and cons. Details about the differences between these two veneer types are as follows:

1) Durability
One of the main differences between composite veneers and porcelain veneers is longevity. Composite veneers are considered more durable today than in the past. They can last from anywhere to 5 to 7 years, on average. Although porcelain shell is much more durable, and in its lifetime can last up to 15 years.

Composite is a strong material but not as robust as porcelain. For this reason, it is more susceptible to wear-and-tear, damage, chipping and staining and therefore may require more frequent check-ups. You may be able to extend the life of your composite veneers given that you take good care of them. Although if damaged composite veneers can be repaired when damaged and are reversible. On the other hand, even though porcelain veneers are more permanent, robust and will not stain, if porcelain veneers get damaged, they must be replaced.

2) Cost
Ultimately you want high-quality materials and high-quality work that will last. After all, everyone will see the results as soon as you open your mouth to talk or smile. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers due to their composition of materials used. The application of veneers is a time-consuming process, and additionally, it requires serious knowledge and expertise to place these veneers therefore there is an increase in the cost involved.

However, when it is considered in the long-term, it is possible to use porcelain veneers without any problem for years. Although less expensive than porcelain veneers, composite veneers can still be pricey. Composite veneers may cause different problems such as chipping and staining due to their material, and these may result in extra cost and regular visits to the dentist. When such probabilities are considered, it can be said that porcelain veneers are more advantageous from a cost point of view after a certain point.

3) Time
The application time of porcelain and composite veneers vary. Preparing and applying composite veneer application procedure is much faster than porcelain veneers. Usually, a single visit is required and during your visit, the tooth colour is matched with the veneer colour and the material is sculpted directly on your teeth and the necessary corrections are done to build the veneer that that fits your smile.

A porcelain veneer, on the other hand, is produced specifically in a laboratory environment therefore will require 2-3 dental visits to complete the procedure. In the initial consultation, your dentist will discuss the necessary steps, goals and cosmetic imaging mock-up is done. This will allow you to preview your new smile. Once agreed small amounts of enamel will be removed from the teeth that the Porcelain veneers will be fixed on. Once the impressions of your teeth are taken the correct colour match is determined for your teeth and during the delivery time, temporary veneers will be applied until the Porcelain Veneers arrive from the Laboratory. Once received back from the lab your dentist will confirm shape, size, and colour before bonding the new Porcelain veneers to your existing teeth. So, for this procedure, it can be said that you will need around 2-3 weeks.

Porcelain vs. Composite Veneers: What is the Verdict?
The advantages of porcelain veneers are evident as outlined in this article. Porcelain Veneers offer the most robust, most natural, and tooth-like aesthetics. If you are looking for more cost-effective and reversible treatment, then composite veneers may be the better fit. Whichever material you choose both porcelain and composite veneers offer excellent smile enhancements and will produce aesthetically pleasing smile makeovers.
By working closely with our dentists here at The Smile Designer Dental Studio, you can have an open discussion to see if you are a good candidate for veneers. If you are ready to take the first step, book in for a free cosmetic smile makeover consultation or feel free to contact our team at The Smile Designer Dental Studio to find out more! We are here to answer any questions you may have and take the steps needed to restore your smile.

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