Composite or Porcelain Veneers: Which are Right for You?

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Veneers are a great way to make your smile dazzle. At Boon Dental, we offer both porcelain and composite veneers. This cosmetic treatment is popular amongst patients who have a crooked, worn or damaged smile or who just want a general smile makeover. 

Besides the cosmetic benefits, veneers can make it easier for you to speak and chew. They can increase your quality of life. Choosing to get dental veneers is the first step to improving the aesthetics of your teeth and getting that smile you have been dreaming of. Determining what material to choose is next!

So, composite or porcelain veneers? Which is right for you? Both composite and porcelain veneers are effective at transforming smiles. The type best for you will depend on your specific case at hand. In this article, we help you understand the key differences between these two types of veneers. 

The Advantages of Composite Veneers 

Composite resin veneers have a few advantages over their porcelain counterparts. What appeals most to patients about composite veneers is their cost. In comparison to porcelain veneers, composites are significantly less costly. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, the cost is an important factor for many patients considering most cosmetic treatments are not covered by health insurance. 

For those who don’t have time to wait for their new smile, composite veneers have a competitive edge over porcelain veneers. Getting composite veneers, in most cases, is a same-day treatment. Composite resin gets applied directly to your teeth as opposed to being sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. Once the resin is shaped to suit, it is set in place with light and then polished for a smooth finish. The process for composite dental veneers is usually less invasive and a lot faster than that of porcelain. 

Another advantage of composite veneers is reversibility. They need less preparation work on your natural teeth. So, they can be removed without the need to replace them. 

The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

As you can see, composite resin veneers have several advantages. However, when it comes to durability, porcelain veneers are in a league of their own. Porcelain is a far more durable material than composite resin. If taken care of well, porcelain veneers can last up to twice as long as composite resin veneers. 

Porcelain is very similar in appearance to your natural tooth enamel. It has translucent qualities that allow your smile to reflect light as your natural teeth would. Consequently, most people agree that porcelain veneers produce the most natural-looking finish. 

Porcelain veneers are less porous than composite veneers, meaning they are highly stain resistant. Porcelain veneers can keep their bright, pearly appearance with a sufficient oral hygiene regime and regular dental check-ups and cleans. 

The process for getting porcelain veneers is more involved. Your teeth need more prep and you may need to wear temporaries while you wait for your veneers to be made in a dental laboratory. However, veneers made from porcelain are a suitable solution for a range of severe dental concerns. Composite veneers may not be an adequate treatment option for significantly stained teeth or large gaps between your teeth, for example. 

Which is Best for Me? 

So, composite vs porcelain? The best person to help you with this decision is your dentist. Not only will they help you determine if veneers are the most suitable treatment option for you. They will also guide you in deciding between porcelain and composite. The best type for you will depend on your smile goals and personal considerations, such as time and cost. 

Whether you choose porcelain or composite, you can rest assured knowing that both can produce incredible results. 

If you’re looking for a cost-effective and time-effective option, composite might be the way to go. If you’re after exceptionally natural and long-lasting results, then it may be worth considering porcelain.

How Boon Dental Can Help You 

Our experienced dentists have transformed many smiles with our wide range of cosmetic dentistry services. Veneers are one of the most popular treatment options amongst our patients for smile enhancements. At Boon Dental, we offer both composite and porcelain options for veneers. As well as determining your suitability for dental veneers, our dentists can help you choose the best type for you. 

Boon Dental has invested in the very latest equipment to ensure you have the most positive experience. We stay one step ahead to make sure you get what you deserve – the best.

At the core of everything we do is the aim to help all our patients achieve optimal oral health and a smile they love. Our dental practices in Wentworth Point and Ropes Crossing love welcoming new patients. With us, the focus is on you. All treatment plans are customised to suit your lifestyle, smile goals and budget. 

Contact us to schedule your visit.