What is the difference between Porcelain Veneers & Composite Veneers?
What is a Veneer?
A Dental Veneer is a wafer-thin layer of custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of a tooth and to improve aesthetics. If teeth are discoloured, chipped or have small gaps between, Veneers can be used to create a long-lasting Hollywood smile.
Veneers come in two forms, either porcelain Veneers or resin composite Veneers. Both Veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth and are used to change the colour, shape, size, and length of your teeth or correct uneven spaces. They can also be used to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or multiple teeth or to protect a tooth’s surface from damage.
Composite Veneers are not the optimal fabrication for Veneers and CosMediSmile Dental Specialists only use high quality porcelain Veneers. Composite Veneers are known to be a far less durable Veneer fabrication, due to their thin formation, commonly cracking and staining.
What is a Composite Veneer?
Due to the thin formation of composite veneers, less tooth preparation is required and the treatment can be completed in a single visit. Although, due to the lessor durability, common cracking and straining of composite Veneers, many patients will require them to be replaced regularly and the costs may add up quite fast in comparison to the higher quality porcelain Veneers.
What are composite Veneers made from? The fabrication used to make composite Veneers is resin, resin is much thinner than porcelain Veneer fabrication, therefore composite Veneers may appear to be more prominent and far less natural in appearance, in comparison to Porcelain Veneers.
- 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 regularly)
- Do not last long
- Require more maintenance
- Commonly crack
- Susceptible to chipping
- Can be stained easily (not suited for heavy coffee or red wine drinkers)
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
The procedure for porcelain Veneers involves a highly qualified Dental Specialist filing a thin layer of the tooth’s enamel. The purpose of this is so that the tooth does not become bulky and feel awkward in the mouth and this prepares the surface of the tooth for bonding.
Once the tooth is etched and shaped our Dental Specialists will use high quality dental cement to make an impression of your mouth. This impression will be sent to the dental laboratory where your porcelain Veneers will be constructed to fit your teeth. You will need to return to the Clinic once your Veneers are completed, to have them fitted. Because porcelain has translucent, light, reflective characteristics, similar to tooth enamel, it looks very natural. Although, the key advantage of porcelain Veneers is that they are far more durable and less likely to stain than composite Veneers.
- 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
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 or in Thailand, please fill out our Online Assessment Form and we can organise a FREE Cosmetic Dentistry recommendation.