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Porcelain vs Composite Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers are rapidly becoming a popular option for people who want to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Adults are particularly more inclined to opt for dental veneers to correct stains, alignment issues or gaps because a dental veneer delivers a rapid result compared to slower treatment options like braces.

When it comes to dental veneers though there are 2 main options in terms of the material that will be used. Porcelain, or (composite) resin.

Porcelain vs Composite

There are a variety of considerations when deciding on the best material for your dental veneers.

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Cost, appearance, and durability should all be considered to ensure your veneers remain a good investment, but also fit into your unique lifestyle too.

Porcelain Veneers

  1. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite veneers.
  2. Porcelain offers the most natural tooth-like appearance.
  3. Porcelain last 10 – 15 years with proper care.
  4. Porcelain is more resistant to stains.
  5. Porcelain is more expensive.
  6. Porcelain veneers cannot be repaired if damaged.

Composite Veneers

  1. Composite veneers are typically half the cost of porcelain.
  2. Composite veneers will last between 4 – 8 years.
  3. Composite veneers can be repaired unlike porcelain.

While initially porcelain veneers might seem like the most obvious choice, there are scenarios where composite resin veneers may in fact be a better option for the patient.

Conclusion

If you’re still struggling to figure out if porcelain or composite resin veneers are the best fit for you, don’t worry.

Your cosmetic dentist will have a through discussion about your goals, lifestyle, budget and other factors which make influence the treatment and help to figure out the best treatment option for you.

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