Composite veneers vs Porcelain Veneers

Do you sometimes have to hide your smile because of chipped, crooked, or discoloured teeth ? If so, then veneers might be a good option to restore your natural attractive smile and give you the confidence boost.

Dental Veneers can hide a range of dental imperfections.  They can be very effective when it comes to correcting teeth that are crooked or badly shaped, teeth that are broken or chipped, and teeth that have slight gaps, overlaps, or teeth that are stained and don’t respond well to tooth whitening.

There are two types of dental veneers – porcelain and composite veneers. When done well, both types give you a beautiful and attractive smile but what type of veneer would be right for you? Although your dentist will advise you on the best cosmetic treatment for your condition, preference, and personal situation it’s best to educate yourself on veneers and the differences between the two types before booking your appointment.

Veneers comparison- Porcelain veneer vs Composite veneer

What are Veneers?

Veneers are custom-fit, thin but strong fingernail-like tooth-coloured shells that are bonded onto the front of your teeth. They are made of either porcelain or composite material and serve the same purpose – dramatically improve your smile.

These are considered cosmetic treatments so are usually not covered with any dental insurance but they are worth the money if you want a movie star smile! They are also one of the options which retain more of your natural teeth, are less invasive, and also help strengthen decayed or broken teeth.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells (a little like false fingernails but for teeth), that are custom-made to fit directly over your teeth. They are available in different shades and can be made to match the colour of your natural teeth or whiter.  They are made to match the shape of your teeth and create a very life-like and natural appearance that it’s difficult to distinguish them from your other teeth. The other advantages are that they are very strong, durable, stain-resistant and long-lasting with a lifespan of 10-15 years.

What Are Composite Veneers?

Composite veneers are another veneer option that serves the same purpose which can change your smile but instead of a cover being attached, the tooth is reconstructed through a build-up of tooth coloured composite filling material.

Composite veneers serve the same aesthetic and functional purposes but are a more cost-effective, versatile, and less evasive alternative to porcelain veneers. The composite resin is a less expensive material and makes the veneers more flexible and versatile because they can be repaired, altered, or re-done at any time.

Are Composite Veneers as good as Porcelain Veneers?

Even though both composite or porcelain veneers serve pretty much the same purpose they are slightly different :

  • Porcelain veneers resist everyday staining from tea, coffee, red wine, smoking, etc.. whereas composite veneers can easily get discoloured and stained over time
  • Porcelain veneers are made in a dental laboratory and require at least 2 dental visits whereas composite veneers are prepared and applied by the dentist at the clinic on the same day i.e just one visit
  • Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers
  • Porcelain veneers last for 10-15 years whereas composite veneers last 5-7 years with good oral care
  • Porcelain veneers do require some removal of tooth surface whereas composite veneers are bonded onto the surface of the tooth which prevents any damage or destruction to the tooth at all
  • Porcelain veneers cant be repaired and the process is irreversible whereas composite veneers can be easily redone or repaired by your dentist
  • Porcelain veneers aesthetically more beautiful and more natural compared to composite veneers. Composite veneers start looking a bit matt with time and don’t retain the retain the brilliance of natural teeth
Composite veneers
Porcelain veneers

Moderate price


One-day treatment

At least two appointments

Not reversible

May fall off or break

More durable

Directly applied

Requires lab working

Hide minor problems

Hide most problems

Susceptible to stains

Resistent to stains

Porcelain vs. Composite Veneers: What is the Verdict?

Committing to Dental Veneers in London

As veneers are a permanent commitment, so you should be fully informed about the choices before deciding what option is best for you. The advantages and comparison between both porcelain and composite veneers are evident as outlined in this article. Porcelain Veneers offer the most robust, most natural, and tooth-like aesthetics. If you are looking for a more cost-effective and reversible treatment, then composite veneers may be the better fit. Whichever material you choose both porcelain and composite veneers offer excellent smile enhancements and will produce aesthetically pleasing smile makeovers.

Come visit us at NW1 Dental Care to have an open discussion with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers. If you are, get ready to take the first step and book a FREE cosmetic smile makeover consultation, or feel free to contact our team to find out more. We are here to answer any questions you may have and take the steps needed to restore your beautiful and perfect smile.

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