If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, veneers can provide a complete makeover. Placed right over your teeth, they’ll completely reinvent your smile. Once you’ve decided to have veneers fitted, you’ll have to decide on the right material, and this usually comes down to composite vs. porcelain.
There are pros and cons on both sides rather than a single right answer, so read through the benefits and drawbacks to help yourself make the right decision.
Composite veneers can be sculpted and applied during a single appointment with your dentist, so anyone looking for a quicker solution to their smile will be attracted to them. They’re also substantially cheaper than porcelain veneers, and less enamel needs to be removed in order to fit them.
However, composite veneers are not without their drawbacks. In general, they don’t look as good or last as long as porcelain veneers, and they aren’t resistant to staining or discoloration. Regular polishing can help, but such polishing isn’t required at all when you have porcelain veneers fitted.
In most cases, composite veneers will be applied when patients are on a tighter budget or only have minor cosmetic issues to correct.
Porcelain veneers cost a lot more than composite veneers, but the added cost does not lack justification. To make porcelain veneers, your dentist will need to remove some surface enamel from your teeth, take a mould, and then have the veneers themselves made in a lab to ensure a precise fit. That drives up the price, but it also means you’ll be wearing veneers perfectly sculpted to fit your mouth and achieve the desired result.
Porcelain also looks more natural than composite – people will be unable to tell the difference between your veneers and real teeth. They should stay looking their best since porcelain is resistant to staining.
Beyond greater cost and longer treatment times, the main downside of porcelain veneers is that teeth need to be reshaped to accommodate them. As such, porcelain veneers are usually recommended when cosmetic issues are more severe.