Porcelain Veneers VS. Composite Veneers

Choosing the best type of veneers for your smile transformation can be tough. Whether you opt for Porcelain Veneers, or Composite Veneers, the changes are long-term, so it’s important that you’re confident and happy with your decision. In this article we go over the differences between the two veneer types to help you work out what might be best for you.



Porcelain Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are attached to the outer-surface of the tooth. Porcelain Veneers are an extremely popular option among people looking to whiten and brighten their teeth. The translucent properties of high-quality ceramic porcelain allow the veneer to catch the light extremely similar to the way the natural tooth does.

Porcelain Veneers are stain resistant, which means no more whitening of your teeth to get that Hollywood smile! They have a higher upfront cost compared to Composite Veneers, because they take a greater amount of time, experience, and resources to apply.


  • Long-lasting (generally 10 – 30 years)
  • Colour remains constant over time
  • Stain resistant
  • Cover most imperfections (gaps, chips, and stains)
  • Durable and scratch resistant
  • Similar texture and feel to natural teeth


  • Natural teeth need to be slightly filed down
  • Porcelain Veneers are not reversible
  • Initial outlying cost is more expensive



Composite Veneers are made from engineered resin that is affixed to the outer-surface of the tooth. If cared for correctly, Composite Veneers can last 7 – 10 years and are preferred by clients wishing to make minor modifications to their smile. Composite Veneers can be applied in one visit to your dentist. Temporary Veneers are not needed for the treatment process. Your Dentist will match the resin to the shade of your surrounding teeth and then cure and polish it onsite, leaving you free to walk out with your new smile on the same day.

Composite Veneers are durable, but not as strong as Porcelain Veneers. If not cared for properly, they can be prone to chipping. It is important to note that resin stains just like natural teeth. Therefore, care must be taken when eating and drinking certain items (always remember to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.


  • Less tooth preparation required
  • Treatment can be completed in one visit
  • Cheaper upfront cost 


  • Shorter lifespan (7 – 10 years if cared for correctly)
  • Susceptible to chips and cracks
  • Can be stained (not suitable for coffee or red wine drinkers)



Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers both have their benefits. With all Cosmetic Dental treatments, it’s important that you consider what is the best option for you and talk it through with a qualified and highly experienced Cosmetic Dental Expert. 

To find out whether Porcelain Veneers or Composite Dental Veneers are right for you, please fill out our Online Assessment Form so we can organise a FREE Cosmetic Dentistry recommendation.

Disclaimer: Any information provided should be used only as an information guide and not CosMediSmile giving advice. Please ensure you do your own valid research and seek advice from expert Cosmetic Dentists to enable you to be fully informed.