Porcelain or Composite Veneers?
What are the big differences between porcelain and composite veneers?
- Treatment Length – Composite veneers, generally can be done on the same day that you visit. The dentist matches the resin colour to your own teeth colour and then gets to work. Porcelain veneers on the other hand are crafted in a dental laboratory, they can take upwards of two days to make and will then be bonded to your teeth, the process takes a lot longer.
- Permanence – Porcelain is stronger than composite, with good care and attention, porcelain veneers can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years, composite veneers on the other hand will need to be replaced every 3-5 years. Composite veneers can chip a lot easier than porcelain, however they can usually be repaired on the day by your dentist, porcelain veneers on the other hand, if they chip they need to sent off for repair and then refitted.
- Price – Because of the complex nature of constructing the porcelain veneers, they are more expensive. Also because part of the outside layer of your tooth is removed in order to accurately mimic the look of the tooth, the procedure is irreversible. Composite veneers on the other hand, require a lot less prep work.
- Appearance – Because of the natural luminosity of porcelain it gives the most natural tooth look, however both procedures are designed to each individuals specifications so the look will be natural for both.
- Appropriateness – Veneers will not fix any serious dental condition, however they can fix most aesthetic issues, your dentist will assess you and decide which treatment is best suited for you.