Dental veneers can transform a smile almost instantly. Even though they are used primarily for cosmetic issues, their uses are multifold and can address a range of dental issues. Patients generally have a choice between porcelain veneers and composite veneers, with each material posing its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The type of material best for you should be discussed with your dentist following a dental examination. Let’s inspect the differences between composite veneers vs porcelain veneers.
But First – What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are thin covers that are affixed to the front of a tooth. They effectively cover-up cosmetic imperfections that might interfere with your self-confidence when you speak or smile.
Dental veneers can be used to
- Increase the surface area of small teeth that result in a gappy smile
- Cover up teeth that are damaged, broken, chipped or fractures
- Change the colour of stained or discoloured teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening
What Are Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are made from composite resin, which can also be used to make restorations like dental fillings and crowns. If you choose composite veneers, you can look forward to receiving your dental veneers in just one visit, as your dentist can finalise them in the chair.
Composite resin is a softer material than porcelain and is more susceptible to stains, chips and damage.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
When dental veneers are made from porcelain, they are very strong and long-lasting. Porcelain veneers look very much like natural teeth, because of the way in which they mimic the reflection of light.
Porcelain veneers are long-lasting and resistant to stains.
Porcelain veneers take longer to finalise because they need to be sent away to a dental laboratory to be made once your dentist has taken an impression of your mouth.
Composite Veneers Vs Porcelain Veneers: What Lasts Longer?
There are different factors that influence how long your veneers will last. Some of them include
- The type of material used
- The position of the teeth with veneers
- What you expose your teeth to
- The skill level of your dental professional
On average composite veneers may only last for between four and eight years before they need replacing. Porcelain veneers can last for as long as 25 years with good dental care. Make sure you discuss the expected lifespan of your dental veneers with your dentist so you can manage your expectations.
Composite Veneers Vs Porcelain Veneers: What Are The Costs?
Because they last for so much longer, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers. When you take the cost over your lifetime, however, you may find that porcelain veneers have more value than composite veneers as they won’t need replacing as often (if at all).
Composite Veneers Vs Porcelain Veneers: What’s Best For You?
Each patient’s case is different and should be discussed with your dentist for the benefit of your long term dental health. To find out more about composite veneers vs porcelain veneers, please contact us for an appointment: (03) 5749 1208.