If you have chipped, broken, or damaged teeth, you may improve your appearance using dental veneers. Veneers are tooth-colored materials that are bonded to the surface of the teeth to improve their shape, color, or length.

Porcelain and composite resin veneers are the most common types and here is how they compare against each other:

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneers look more like teeth than composites, and they have a translucence that’s similar to the tooth enamel. The material is also more resistant to chipping and staining.
  • Porcelain veneers can be used to treat a number of dental conditions including worn enamel, genetic defects, uneven teeth, and regular wear and tear. In severe cases e.g., when there is major discoloration, composite veneers may not be a viable alternative.
  • Porcelain veneers are stronger and more durable than composites. With good maintenance, porcelain veneers may last for up to 15 years. Composite resin, on the other hand, can only last for a maximum of 10 years.

Advantages of Composite Veneers

  • Composite veneers are the more affordable option of the two. On average, porcelain veneers are twice as expensive as composites. For people paying out-of-pocket, this is a significant difference.
  • Composite veneers do not require as much preparation as porcelain. The material can be fabricated and bonded to the teeth on the same day.
  • Since they do not require extensive reshaping of the teeth, composite veneers can be removed and replaced easily. To fit a porcelain veneer, the tooth has to be filed down considerably.

The decision on which veneer material to use often comes down to personal considerations and the patient’s budget. If you are undecided, you can talk to a dentist to learn more about your options.