Composite Veneers vs Porcelain Veneers

If you are looking to perfect your smile you may be considering composite or porcelain veneers. Here we dive into the differences between the two.

If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your teeth, there are several cosmetic dental treatments that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. 

Take veneers as an example. These are small shells that can cover imperfections like gaps, cracks, chips, and even minor misalignments. 

Veneers can be made of composite resin and porcelain. Here's the difference between the two. 

What Are Composite Veneers?

Composite veneers are made from a resin material that is applied directly onto the teeth. The material is similar to the filling used when treating cavities. 

Composite Veneers Pros and Cons


Here are some of the pros of composite veneers: 

  • Cost-effective: Composite veneers are usually less expensive than porcelain.
  • Quick procedure: The process can often be completed in a single appointment.
  • Easy to repair: If damaged, composite veneers can be easily repaired in a single visit.

On the other hand, you need to consider the disadvantages of composite Veneers too: 

  • Durability: Composite veneers are not as durable as porcelain one and you may need to replace them sooner.
  • Staining: The composite material is more susceptible to staining from foods and beverages.
  • Aesthetics: While they look good, they might not have the same natural appearance as porcelain veneers.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells custom-made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. They are made from a high-quality porcelain material that is bonded to the tooth. 

Porcelain Veneers Pros and Cons


With porcelain veneers you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Durable: Porcelain veneers are more durable and can last up to 15 years or even longer with proper care.
  • Stain Resistant: They are less susceptible to staining compared to composite veneers.
  • Natural Look: Porcelain has a translucent quality that makes them look just like natural teeth. 

On the other hand, with porcelain veneers you can also expect: 

  • Higher Costs: Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers.
  • More Appointments: The process generally requires at least two appointments.

Which One Should You Choose?

While both are excellent options that will help you restore your smile, try to look at all the factors to make the best decision. 

  • Costs: If you are on a budget, composite veneers may seem like the logical options. However, if you think about their durability (composite veneers usually last around 5-7 years compared to 15 years in the case of porcelain veneers,) the high initial cost may actually help you save more in the long term. 
  • Appearance: Both options are great, but porcelain veneers do look more natural. 
  • Maintenance: Both require proper care like daily brushing and regular check-ups, but porcelain veneers are more durable and stain resistant, which can make taking care of them a bit easier. 

Interested in Porcelain Veneers? 

Our Shirley dental team at Nashoba Valley Dental can help you get the smile of your dreams. 

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