Composite veneer or direct veneer is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses composite resin to improve the size, shape and color of your teeth.
Porcelain Veneers VS Composite Veneers
Both porcelain and composite veneers are great cosmetic dental procedures that can drastically improve your smile. Which one is right for you?
1. LOWER COST – The biggest advantage of composite veneers is cost. It is at least 65% cheaper than porcelain veneers.
2. IMMEDIATE RESULTS – Composite veneers are actually directly applied and sculpted on your teeth. It can be finished in a day or two. Porcelain veneers need to be fabricated in a dental laboratory and will require several visits before it is finally installed.
3. LESS INVASIVE – Porcelain veneers requires shaving your teeth’s enamel in order to fit the fabricated veneer. Composite veneers are less invasive. It requires very minimal tooth preparation.
4. REVERSIBILITY – The greatest advantage of composite veneers is its reversibility. Because preparation of the teeth is very minimal, your natural teeth are not permanently altered. Composite materials can easily be removed and replaced as needed.
5. DURABILITY – Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite veneers because they are made of porcelain. Porcelain veneers can last an average of 10 to 15 years.
This doesn’t mean that composite veneers are weak. They are actually as durable and as strong as your dental fillings. Composite veneers can last from 5 to 7 years before needing a touch up or replacement.
6. TRANSLUCENCY – Composite veneers are more opaque than porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers have better translucency that is more similar to natural teeth
7. STAIN RESISTANCE – Porcelain veneers are stain resistant and do not discolor over time. Composite veneers are more porous like your real teeth and therefore susceptible to staining and discoloration.