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Composite vs. Porcelain Veneers

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If you’re looking to create a more confident smile, investing in dental veneers can be the perfect option to improve a variety of dental imperfections. Once you’ve decided to go ahead with this cosmetic dental treatment, the next question that often comes to your mind is the choice of material for your new set of veneers. The two most popular options are porcelain and composite veneers. Although both the options are very effective in different situations, it’s best to consult with an experienced dentist to weigh up the pros and cons of both choices to make an informed decision about the best material for your unique needs.

Below are the main differences between composite and porcelain veneers, depending on a number of factors which include:

  • Price
  • Durability
  • Stain resistance
  • Appearance
  • Number of dental visits

 

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Price of veneers

Porcelain veneers will be more expensive than composite veneers for a number of reasons. Composite veneers are made up of composite resin, which is a more affordable material than their porcelain counterparts. Porcelain veneers also come at a greater cost as they are more durable and natural-looking than composite. Though, this doesn’t mean that composite veneers won’t look like your real teeth, as composite is also extremely versatile and can result in an incredible outcome when crafted by an experienced dentist. 

 

Our experienced dentists at Oasis Dental Studio are passionate about high quality work and attention to detail, ensuring that every dollar you spend on your veneers is well worth it for the amazing new smile they will help you achieve.

Durability of veneers

Porcelain veneers are a clear winner when you talk about durability. They are made up of a far stronger material and their durability can extend from 10 – 15 years if properly maintained. On the other hand, composite veneers generally last for approximately 5 years, also depending on how you take care of them. You will need to be extra cautious with composite due to the higher risk of them getting chipped. One advantage of composite veneers that should not go unnoticed is their ability to be repaired in case they are damaged. Porcelain veneers do not come with this advantage and need to be replaced with a brand new set of veneers if the old ones are broken or chipped.

 

There are a number of signs to look out for to know when you should replace your veneers, but if you’re unsure it’s best to book an appointment with your dentist.

Stain resistance

Porcelain veneers are very stain-resistant and will not turn yellow in a short period of time. It is mainly because they are made up of robust material that is resistant to stain-causing substances, like those found in certain foods and drinks. Composite veneers are more vulnerable to stains due to their porous nature. Before having your veneers applied in either material, it’s recommended that you have your teeth professionally whitened to get them to your desired shade, and have your veneers matched. Oasis Dental Studio on the Gold Coast offers both in-chair teeth whitening and professional take-home teeth whitening kits to help restore your brighter smile.

 

Appearance

Generally, porcelain veneers are more likely to look like your real teeth. They provide a more natural and realistic appearance than their composite counterparts due to their translucent nature. But, with modern techniques for composite application, composite veneers have become increasingly realistic and most people will not notice that they aren’t your real teeth when applied by a dentist who is experienced in cosmetic dentistry.

 

It’s best to visit your dentist for a consultation to determine which option will give you the desired appearance based on your smile goals.

Number of dental visits

Composite veneers will be your preferred option if you are looking for a faster solution for your minor dental issues. They require minimum reshaping of your existing teeth and prep work before the application of veneers. This is because composite chips are directly applied to the teeth without being prepared in a dental laboratory. On the other hand, the application of porcelain veneers is a bit more complicated and requires at least 2 – 3 dental visits before you can walk out with your new smile. Your porcelain veneers will be meticulously handcrafted in a dental laboratory before application. In case of major dental misalignments, your dentist may recommend alignment with orthodontics such as Invisalign treatment prior to the application of your veneers to create the best outcome possible. 

 

At the end of the day, the decision between porcelain and composite veneers will depend on your aesthetic goals and unique anatomy of your teeth. Choosing the right dentist for the application of dental veneers is as crucial as the choice of material. Oasis Dental Studio at Gold Coast is home to an amazing team of dentists who have many years of experience in applying veneers and creating beautiful new smiles.

 

To find out more, Book your no-gap, no-obligation cosmetic consultation online or give our friendly Oasis Dental team a call:

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