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Compare Porcelain and Composite Veneers In the cosmetic dentistry realm, veneers certainly stand out, and both porcelain and composite veneers...

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Compare Porcelain and Composite Veneers

In the cosmetic dentistry realm, veneers certainly stand out, and both porcelain and composite veneers are two incredibly popular options to transform your smile. Both correct the same dental imperfections like discolouration, chipping and slight misalignment, but they differ mostly in their material, longevity, cost and application process.

Understanding the disparities between these two veneer types will be crucial for determining which smile makeover treatment will best enhance your smile. So, we’ll help you weigh up the differences by comparing the two below so you can make an informed decision.

There’s a big difference in cost

In general, porcelain veneers have a much higher price tag than composite veneers, for reasons you’ll discover more of below. As porcelain veneers are made from a superior material, are much more durable and have a much more delicate fabrication process, they often cost 70-90% more.

Even though porcelain veneers require a higher initial investment, they’re worth it in terms of their longevity, making them a more cost-effective option in the long run. Composite veneers are more affordable upfront but require more touch-ups, repairs or replacements, which will add up over time.

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The application process can sometimes vary

Porcelain veneers usually require a multi-step process, typically spread over three appointments that involve a consultation, tooth preparation, impression-taking, fabrication of veneers in a dental lab, and finally, the bonding of the veneers to the teeth. Some types of porcelain veneers require some level of tooth preparation, although in most cases, this is minimal. That said, no-prep porcelain veneers do exist. Discover them here.

On the other hand, composite veneers are applied in a single visit, taking just a few hours as the resin is directly sculpted to the teeth, shaped and hardened using a special curing light. Composite veneers are also considered no-prep veneers, requiring no tooth enamel removal.

The main difference is the material used

Porcelain veneers are crafted from a high-quality, durable, stain-resistant porcelain material that perfectly and closely mimics the appearance of natural teeth. In comparison, composite veneers are made up of a composite resin material that’s tooth coloured and directly applied to the tooth rather than bonded.

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Regarding aesthetics, porcelain veneers offer exceptional results due to the material’s natural translucency and ability to reflect light like regular teeth. A very close replica of natural teeth provides lifelike results, which can be further customised to match adjacent teeth’ colour, shape and size. Composite veneers on the other hand, also deliver great results and aesthetic outcomes, however, they do not achieve the same level of realism.

Durability and longevity

Renowned for their durability, porcelain veneers are a long-lasting solution lasting up to 30 years with the right care and maintenance. Unfortunately, composite veneers do not last as long and are more prone to chipping staining and wear over time. Generally, composite veneers have a shorter lifespan and require touching up or replacing every 5-7 years.

In terms of care, composite veneers require more diligent attention and maintenance to prevent discolouration or yellowing. In contrast, porcelain veneers are non-porous and less susceptible to stains from foods and beverages. You can care for both veneers the same way you would your natural teeth.

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