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Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Veneers

Have you ever thought about what Veneers would do for your confidence?

Opting for Veneers is the first step to improving the aesthetics of your smile and getting that dreamy smile you’ve longed for. One of the top questions we get during a Veneer Consultation, "What is the difference between Composite Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers?" Let's talk about it!

Composite Veneers | Cost-Effective, Reversibility, Office-Time

  • Composite veneers have a number of advantages, one of the biggest advantages being cost. This is very important for some patients, given that most treatments are likely an out-of-pocket expense.

  • Arguably the biggest advantage of composite veneers is reversibility. Porcelain requires reshaping of your teeth in order to fit the veneer. When it comes to composites, there is minimal prep work required on your natural teeth, meaning that they are not permanently shaped to such an extent that the composite material cannot be removed and replaced as needed.

  • Another advantage that composite veneers have are the number of visits/time. Composite Veneers can typically be fabricated while in office, making it a same-day treatment!

Porcelain Veneers | Natural, Durable, Longevity

  • Although composite veneers advantages seem pretty strong, there is one area in which they cannot compete with porcelain: durability. Porcelain is a much stronger material than composite resin.

  • Almost everyone in the Dental field agree that porcelain veneers offer the most natural, tooth-like feel and look. It is highly resistant to chipping and staining due to the strength of the material and the glaze that is applied. Composite veneers are more susceptible to stains, meaning that you may need to adjust your diet.. Composite Veneers need to be polished in order to achieve a tooth-like esthetic.

  • Porcelain Veneers can last 10 to 15 years, compared to the 5 - 7 year lifespan of composites, it’s important to consider this tradeoff! While composites may cost half as much as porcelain, they last only half as long....

At the end of the day, the only way to determine which material is right for you is to speak with Dr. Ryan about your aesthetic goals and personal details. In other words, what is most important to you? If you’re looking for the most durable and natural solution, then Porcelain Veneers will be the best bet! However, if you are looking for a cost-effective solution, then Composite Veneers will probably be a good financial fit.

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