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Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Veneers

Choosing between composite or porcelain veneers can be a challenging decision to make, as each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. They are made from different materials, last for different lengths of time, are vastly different prices and even look different too, so there is a lot to think about.

Whether you want the most affordable option or want the veneers that will last the longest, make sure you read on before making this important decision. Whatever option you choose, veneers can transform your smile, boost your confidence and give you a natural look, so are a great option for many of our patients.

Whichever veneers you choose, good oral hygiene will always make veneers last longer and look better for longer. That’s why we will always tell our patients the importance of brushing their teeth and flossing every day, to ensure their treatment continues to look great for longer.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Sometimes known as dental veneers, they are small pieces of material that are fixed to the front of your teeth. Strong, durable and having a natural appearance, porcelain veneers are a popular choice for many people that want to refresh their smile.

Like other kinds of veneers, they are used to change the appearance and shape of your teeth. They can be used to make discoloured teeth look whiter, lengthen the length of teeth or make them look neater and more uniform.

What Are Composite Veneers?

Composite veneers are made from a different kind of material from porcelain ones, which makes it altogether a different kind of product. They are various kinds of composite, but they are all made from different types of resin plastics. Because of this, composite veneers are a more affordable option for many people.

There are a few kinds of composites, including direct, indirect and prefabricated. There are a few differences with each type, but they are all used to create a natural and fantastic looking smile, for those who want to change or enhance their teeth.

What’s the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers?

Now we have outlined what porcelain and composite veneers are, we can start to compare the advantages and disadvantages of each, to see which one is the right choice for you.

Do Composite or Porcelain Veneers Look More Natural?

The most defining features of these two kinds of veneers of their materials. Porcelain and the resin plastic that composite veneers are made out of are completely different materials. Porcelain has a very lifelike look to it and even reflects light in the same way as enamel, giving them a very realistic appearance, just like natural teeth.

Composite teeth, on the other hand, have a rather different appearance. The plastic material doesn’t look as realistic as porcelain and doesn’t catch the light in the same way. The three different types of composite veneers are all made from plastic, so although there are differences in each, the appearance is not quite as natural looking as veneers made from porcelain.

How Long Do Composite and Porcelain Veneers Last?

Both types of veneers have different levels of durability, due to the material they are made from. Porcelain is the longer-lasting of the two as with good care they can last anything from 10 to 15 years, which is a considerable length of time. Composite veneers typically last anything from 4 to 8 years, so these would need replacing more often.

Although porcelain might not seem like it, it is very strong once bonded to a healthy tooth. At first, many people might not think of porcelain as strong, however, once it has been especially fixed to your tooth, it becomes very long-lasting and durable. Composite plastics wear through quicker as you use your mouth and because of this, they will need to be replaced at a sooner date.  

How Much Are Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers?

Porcelain and composite veneers also vary in price too, which is often an influential point when many people come to make their decision, as to which veneers are the right ones for them. Composite veneers are the more affordable option, so will have to pay less upfront if you choose these veneers. This is due to the fact that the resin plastic it is made out of is easy to come by and use, compared to porcelain.

If you choose porcelain veneers, you will probably be paying around three times the amount of composite as in the UK, porcelain veneers tend to range from £650 to £950 per tooth. To see how much we charge here at St Helier Dental Surgery, take a look at our fees page for both of our NHS and independent prices, or our finance page, to see the 0% interest finance options we offer to our patients.

If you have any questions about the similarities and differences between composite and porcelain veneers, ask our dentists by getting in touch. You can also register as a new patient, so you can book your next appointment as soon as possible. 

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