Thursday 8 July 2021

The Difference between Composite and Porcelain Veneers


Since esthetic dentistry has been brought to perfection when smile design is concerned, the use of composite and porcelain veneers is a great choice for this purpose. This esthetic treatments addresses the following issues:

- teeth yellowing

- teeth discoloration 

- space between teeth (diastema)

- damaged tooth surface 

The most common dilemma people have related to this topic is the choice of veneers and they ask what is a better choice for them and what is the difference between these two types. 

The porcelain veneers as the name itself implies, are made of porcelain - a high quality material which is resistant to easy damaging and staining. The procedure to place the porcelain veneers requires tooth shaving in order to create a perfect base for an ideal placement while providing a serious esthetic correction. There are thicker and thinner porcelain veneers (Lumineers). The thinner ones demand minimal to no tooth shaving and they are used for minor esthetic tooth corrections, however this reduces their durability when compared to the regular porcelain veneers. Regardless the option you will choose, the porcelain veneers are having a way better quality and durability against the composite ones and offer a long term solution if maintaining regular oral hygiene and paying a regular dental visit.  

The composite veneers are made of composite resin that is applied directly on the tooth surface and the dentist shapes them in accordance with the tooth structure itself. The treatment time the composite veneers demand is shorter than the porcelain ones, i.e it is a one day treatment. Depending on teeth positioning, sometimes tooth shaving is required, but this is not always the case. This type of veneers are not a long term solution, however they do provide a good aesthetic fix and are cheaper in comparison with the porcelain veneers.

If you are thinking that veneers are the solution for you, do consult your dentist. It is certain that both options are great choice, however it depends on how serious the esthetic correction is, whether you are looking for a long term solution and more natural look or a cheaper solution for a short term. It is up to you to make the final decision and we are here if you want to consult us.   

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