Do you want to improve the appearance of your teeth but don’t know which type of veneer is best for you? Porcelain and composite veneers are both great cosmetic treatments with their own specific benefits.
Dental veneers are used to complete a smile makeover and improve the look of discolored or misshapen teeth to enhance a person’s smile. Veneers are custom-made shells that fit over the front surfaces of the teeth. They are made of either porcelain or composite materials and are permanently bonded to the teeth, creating a strong, natural-looking smile.
So, which type—porcelain or composite—should you choose? Let’s take an in-depth look at composite veneers vs. porcelain veneers so that you can make an informed decision about which type is best for you.
What are composite veneers?
Composite veneers are made from a composite resin material that is applied directly to the teeth. As a biological practice we always use material that is BPA, BisGMA and fluoride free. This type of veneer is often used for minor cosmetic corrections, such as closing gaps between crooked teeth or masking discoloration. Composite resin veneers generally cost less than porcelain veneers and can be completed in one visit to the dentist.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are made from a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are more durable and stain-resistant than composite veneers, making them a great option for people who want a long-lasting, natural-looking smile. As a biological practice we use zirconia porcelain which is more biocompatible and stronger than regular porcelain. Porcelain veneers are a bit more costly than composite veneers and require two visits to the dentist.
What makes these veneers different?
So what makes these two teeth restorations stand apart from each other? Let’s look at some of the most significant differences between the types of veneers.
The main difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers is the material they are made from. Composite veneers are made from a composite resin material that is applied directly to the teeth. It looks very similar to your natural teeth but is not as durable as porcelain. The resin material is prone to staining, just like your natural teeth.
On the other hand, porcelain veneers are made from a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front of the teeth. They are a stronger material and very durable. They also look the most similar to your natural teeth and are made to last.
Time and Lifespan
The quicker option of these two would be composite because they can be completed in one single visit. Your dentist will shade-match the composite resin to your natural teeth and apply, cure, and polish the veneer all in one day. This veneer option, however, lasts only 4-8 years.
Porcelain veneers typically take two appointments to complete. You first come in to prepare the tooth and take impressions to create your veneers in the dental laboratory. You will leave with temporary veneers to protect your teeth and return once the permanent ones are ready. At your second visit, your porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth and can last 10-15 years.
When it comes to looks, they both look very similar to your natural teeth. However, porcelain looks the most like your natural tooth and has translucent properties that reflect light, just like your enamel. They are shade-matched to blend in with your natural teeth so that they don’t stand out.
Composite resin also looks similar to your natural tooth, but it is not as translucent as porcelain. It is also more prone to staining and discoloration over time.
The cost of composite veneers is typically lower than porcelain veneers, making them a great option for people who are looking for a more affordable solution. Porcelain veneers are usually more costly because they require two visits to the dentist, and the material costs more because they are custom made in a laboratory setting.
It is important to note that while the investment upfront for porcelain may be more, they do last twice as long and look more natural. Most patients find that the higher cost is well worth the investment.
Both composite and porcelain veneers require proper care and good oral hygiene to keep them looking their best. It is important to brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Neither one requires any special dental care, but composite does require you to be cautious of what you eat and drink. Since they are more prone to staining, you should avoid foods and drinks that are known to discolor teeth.
Porcelain veneers require more tooth preparation in order to achieve the desired cosmetic result. This is because the porcelain is thicker than the composite resin and needs more space to fit. Your dentist will need to remove some of the tooth structure in order to make room for the veneers.
Composite veneers require minimal tooth preparation, as they are applied directly to the teeth. This makes them a great option for people who want a quick and easy solution with minimal tooth preparation.
It is important to consider that porcelain veneers are irreversible due to the amount of tooth surface being removed. Composite, on the other hand, can be removed with minimal damage and does not require new veneers to be placed.
Choosing the Right Dental Veneer for Your Smile
The best type of veneer for you will depend on your individual needs and goals. Both composite veneers and porcelain veneers can be great options for improving the appearance of your smile.
If you’re looking for a quick, affordable solution to minor cosmetic issues, then composite veneers may be the choice for you. However, if you are looking for a long-lasting, natural-looking, durable solution, porcelain veneers may be the choice for you. It’s important to consider all the factors when choosing which veneer to go with. This includes your budget, time commitment, durability, and aesthetic goals. Ultimately it is your dentist that makes the best choice for your condition.
Schedule a Consultation with our Cosmetic Dentist
If you’re considering getting veneers, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a doctor experienced in cosmetic dentistry. During the consultation, they will discuss your goals and evaluate your teeth to determine which type of veneer is best for you. They will also explain the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have.
At Holistic Dental Center, we strive to provide our patients with the best possible care and results in the least toxic and minimally invasive manner possible. We understand that everyone’s needs are different, so we take the time to discuss all of your options and help you make an informed decision. Contact us today to schedule a dental visit and learn more about composite and porcelain veneers and how they can give you a beautiful smile.