Geeta Singh

Geeta Singh

Composite Veneers vs Porcelain Veneers

  Apr 26, 2024

What is one way to achieve the perfect smile? Practising good oral hygiene and getting braces, or Invisalign, are great ways to get a nice straight smile; one of the easiest ways to get a straighter, whiter and more toothy smile is to get veneers. But what kind of veneers should you get?

Out of the different types of veneers, composite and porcelain, veneers are the most popular options and tend to give the most natural-looking smiles. Whether you choose one or the other is completely up to you, but we’ve put together the main differences, pros and cons of composite veneers and porcelain veneers for you to chew on to help you make the best decision for your future smile. 

What are composite veneers?

Composite veneers are made using a material called composite resin, which is a mix of inorganic and organic materials. This type of veneer requires a small amount of preparation, including slight drilling, for placement. 

Pros of composite veneers

  • Composite veneers are the more inexpensive type of veneer compared to others available, which makes them more accessible to the public 
  • Composite veneers do not require a temporary filling, which makes them relatively quick and easy to apply
  • Composite veneers can be repaired if chipped, to a certain degree, so if they do sustain slight damage, you will not need to completely replace it

Cons of composite veneers

  • Composite veneers, being the cheaper option, are not as durable as other veneers, like porcelain veneers, which means they’ll need to be replaced earlier than others as they are more susceptible to chipping or cracking 
  • Composite veneers are porous, which means they’re more likely to stain than other veneers

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are made using a thin layer of porcelain that covers the surface of the tooth. Often, porcelain veneers are used for cosmetic reasons. However, they do have restorative benefits, too. 

Pros of porcelain veneers

  • Porcelain veneers are known for their longevity due to the porcelain being more durable than other veneer options, lasting between 10 to 15 years (sometimes even 20 years)
  • Porcelain veneers have a very pleasing and natural aesthetic, as they offer a whiter, more toothy smile and can help prevent tooth discolouration
  • Porcelain veneers also don’t require much preparation before they are placed, which makes the process relatively smooth and easy
  • Porcelain veneers are less porous, meaning they’re less likely to stain, so you’ll have a whiter, brighter smile for longer

Cons of porcelain veneers

  • Porcelain veneers are more expensive than other options, but they are known to last longer – so they’re definitely worth the higher price
  • Porcelain veneers are irreversible as your dentist may need to change the structure of your teeth slightly in order for proper placement

What are the key differences between composite and porcelain veneers?

Getting composite or porcelain veneers can help boost your confidence by giving you the smile of your dreams, and both can give you sparkling results. In order to make the best choice for you, here are the key differences you should consider: 

  • Composite veneers are made using composite resin whereas porcelain veneers are made using a thin shell of porcelain
  • Composite veneers are more affordable than porcelain veneers 
  • Porcelain veneers are more durable and will usually last between 10 to 15 years, whereas composite veneers presumably last between 5 to 10 years

Should I get composite veneers or porcelain veneers?

Let’s get one thing straight: whether you opt for the composite of porcelain veneers, you will end up with a gorgeous smile as long as you go to an experienced orthodontist who has testimonies and pictures to show results. The option you choose will depend purely on your preferences, needs, and budget. 

For those who want the more affordable option in the short term and don’t necessarily want to pay through their teeth, composite veneers will be your best bet. However, even though composite veneers don’t have as long as an expected lifespan, it all depends on how you look after your teeth.

Anyone who wants a whiter, more durable set of veneers and can afford to pay the higher price should go for the porcelain veneers. 

Final Thoughts

There’s no denying that when done correctly, veneers have the power to transform your smile and your life. With boosted confidence and charm, veneers are definitely an expensive procedure, but they are worth the investment for those who see the benefits.