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Composite vs. Porcelain Veneers

When you are trying to decide between Composite or Porcelain Veneers or Crowns, here's a list of general advantages and disadvantages to consider:


•    Dental composite restorations usually cost less than porcelain veneers.

•    They're placed in just one visit whereas porcelain restorations require two appointments. 

•    If a large composite filling or veneer does chip or break, a dentist can repair it by just patching the damaged part. If a porcelain restoration breaks, it will likely need to be replaced.

•    It has been noticed that over time, outline shape of the bonding (dental composite veneers) has changed, especially on its biting edge. In comparison, porcelain is harder, made of impervious ceramic and therefore will hold its original form better over the long term. 

•    Dental composite will stain over time. For the most part, ceramic won't. Stain is more likely to form in cases where the person has a high level of consumption of coffee, tea, cola, or tobacco products.

•    Porcelain restorations tend to look more natural because, it has a glass-like translucency that closely mimics the light, handling characteristics of tooth enamel. In comparison, composite is more opaque and therefore typically doesn't mimic the luster of tooth enamel as well.

•    At least in theory, porcelain restorations may be more advantageous in terms of maintaining gum health. Otherwise, dental composite will tend to retain more food debris and plaque. However, in the case where effective oral home care is practiced regularly, this issue shouldn't pose a significant problem. 

Which one you should choose?

Any of your choices would result in a beautiful smile! 


For instance, where cost is not an issue, Most of the dentists would typically choose to place porcelain veneers and crowns as opposed to their dental composite alternatives.

Based on the evaluation of 200 restorations over a time of two and a half years, patient satisfaction rates as 67% for composite veneers vs. 93% for porcelain ones.