What is the difference between Porcelain Veneers & Composite Veneers?

What is a Porcelain Veneer?

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 porcelain allow the veneer to catch the light extremely similar to the way the natural tooth does.

They are strain resistant which means no more whitening of your teeth to get that hollywood smile you always wanted! Porcelain Veneers take a greater amount of time, experience and resources, which gives them an initial upfront cost greater than Composite Veneers. If you break down the costs by how often you would have to replace or repair composite veneers, the cost can come out even over time.


  • Last longer than composite Veneers (generally, 10-30 years)
  • Will not usually change colour over time
  • Stain resistant
  • Can cover most imperfections, such as gaps, chips and stains
  • Durable and scratch resistant
  • Similar texture and feel to natural teeth


  • Natural teeth will need to be slightly filed down for the Veneers to be fitted
  • The placement of Veneers is not reversible

What is a Composite Veneer?

Composite Veneers are made from engineered resin that is affixed to the outer-surface of the tooth. They typically last for 4-8 years and are chosen by people wishing to make minor modifications to their smile. Composite veneers can be done in one visit to your dentist as they will match the resin to the shade of your surrounding teeth and then cure and polish the resin. You can walk out the same day with your Veneers.

Composite is durable, but it is not as strong as Porcelain Veneers and more prone to chipping. It is important to note that resin stains just like natural teeth and therefore it is unable to offer you the superior results that Porcelain Veneers can offer.


  • Less tooth preparation and treatment can be completed in one visit
  • Cheaper than porcelain Veneers in the short term (not long term, as they generally need replacing and touch ups regularly)


  • Do not last long
  • Require more maintenance
  • Commonly crack
  • Susceptible to chipping
  • Can be stained easily (not suited for coffee or red wine drinkers)

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Although Porcelain Veneers are more expensive than composite Veneers they are generally stain and chip resistant. Porcelain Veneers are a long-term investment as they can last between 10-30 years if they are well maintained and a reputable, highly experienced Dental Specialist performs the treatment.

If you’re interested in dental Veneers or any other dental treatment at our Clinics on the Gold Coast, Melbourne or in Thailand, please fill out our Online Assessment Form and we can organise a FREE Cosmetic Dentistry recommendation.