Composite Vs. Porcelain 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 teeth to improve your appearance. If you have teeth that are discolored, chipped or misshapen, Veneers can create a long lasting Hollywood smile appearance.

Veneers come in two forms, either Porcelain Veneers or Resin Composite Veneers. Both Veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth and are very effective in changing 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 the tooth’s surface from damage.

There are several differences between both Veneers; a highly qualified Dentist will be the best person to determine which type of Veneer will give you the best outcome based on the condition of your teeth.

Composite Veneers

Composite Veneers require less tooth preparation and the treatment can be completed in a single visit.. To create Composite Veneers,  a highly skilled Dentist will first thoroughly clean and etch the front of the teeth to roughen the surface, making it easier to bond the tooth to the resin. Then, a composite material is applied to the front surfaces of the tooth and sculpted to the desired shape and finish. The material (resin) used is thinner than Porcelain Veneer materials, however as composite veneers require less removal of the tooth surface before placement, their appearance may be more prominent  than Porcelain Veneers.

Advantages

  • Treatment can be completed in just one visit
  • Requires less removal of the tooth
  • Cheaper than Porcelain Veneers
  • Can be removed and replaced as necessary

Disadvantages

  • Do not last as long as Porcelain Veneers.
  • Require more maintenance
  • Susceptible to chipping
  • Can be stained (not suited for heavy coffee/red wine drinkers)

Porcelain Veneers

The procedure for Porcelain Veneers involves a highly qualified dentist removing a thin layer of the tooth’s enamel. By shaving away some of the tooth’s enamel, your dentist is making room for the porcelain Veneer which will cover the majority of the tooth. The purpose of this is so that the tooth does not become bulky and feel awkward in your mouth. This prepares the surface of the tooth for ideal bonding.

Once the tooth is etched and shaped, the dentist will use a dental putty 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 dentist once your Veneers are completed to have them attached. Because porcelain has a translucent, light-reflective quality similar to tooth enamel, they look extremely natural. Porcelain Veneers are more durable and less likely to stain than Veneers made of composite.

Advantages

  • Last longer than Composite Veneers (10-30 years)
  • Will not change colour over time
  • Stain Resistant
  • Can cover virtually any imperfections such as gaps, chips and stains
  • Durable and scratch resistant
  • Similar texture and feel as a real tooth

Disadvantages

  • Natural teeth will need to be slightly shaved to fit the veneers
  • Placement of Veneers in not reversible
  • Less affordable than composite veneers

Although Porcelain Veneers are more expensive than Composite Veneers, they are highly stain and chip resistant. Porcelain Veneers are a long-term investment as they can last from 10-30 years if they are well maintained and a reputable, highly experienced dentist conducts 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 get you a FREE surgical recommendation for you.

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