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Composite Veneers vs Porcelain Veneers – What’s the Difference?

By June 14, 2018 October 8th, 2019 No Comments

If you are interested in getting dental veneers in Guelph, you have two basic options to choose from, composite veneers vs. porcelain veneers. Both types of veneers can be an excellent choice for covering up mild-to-moderate damage to your teeth while giving yourself a winning smile like never before. However, they do both have their advantages and disadvantages based on your situation.

While only a qualified dentist working one-on-one can recommend whether composite or porcelain veneers are better for you, here’s a quick breakdown of composite veneers vs. porcelain veneers pros and cons:

The Advantages of Porcelain and Composite Veneers

  • Porcelain Veneers 

As the name suggests, Porcelain Veneers are thin shells of porcelain, which are bonded directly to your teeth. Porcelain is a substance that looks very similar to natural teeth, so they can blend nicely with your existing teeth. In addition to this, porcelain is relatively strong -although vulnerable to chipping- and porcelain veneers can easily last at least 7-10 years.  Finally, porcelain resists staining fairly well, so they’ll remain shiny for a long time.

For complete smile makeovers, porcelain veneers are the way to go – the size, shape, position and colour of the teeth can be significantly changed.

  • Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are made of a tooth coloured filling material resin, which can be worked with directly somewhat like clay. Composite veneers can actually be crafted by your dentist while you’re sitting in the chair, so they can be completely created and applied within a single session!

Unfortunately, they are usually not as effective as porcelain in the long term. How natural they look will depend entirely on your dentist’s skills.  Also, they are more vulnerable to damage such as chipping and staining

It’s not uncommon for a patient to get composites as a temporary solution, for a couple years, while they save money for a porcelain upgrade.

Porcelain Veneers Before And After

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