What are the Differences Between Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers?
If you have discolored, chipped or misshapen teeth, you may be considering getting veneers. Veneers are also used to correct stained, misaligned and gap teeth. They are a great way to achieve a perfect smile. Veneers are not reversible – once you get them, you can’t change your mind. The two most popular forms are porcelain veneers and composite veneers. They will both make your teeth look beautiful. It really comes down to time and money. Depending on how much you are willing to spend, you will have to choose between either porcelain veneers or composite veneers.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Most dentists agree that porcelain veneers are more natural looking than composite veneers. They have a translucent quality just like tooth enamel. They are very resistant to chipping and staining. This is because porcelain veneers are covered with a glaze once they are put on. They don’t need to be polished like composites do. They are also not susceptible to staining from food and drink.
Porcelain veneers are the most durable type there is. Porcelain is stronger than composite. They can last 10-15 years if you take care of them. Porcelain veneers are ideal for any type of issue including severe discoloration and spacing problems. They are more expensive than composite, however. The difference is that you won’t have to get porcelain veneers replaced, whereas you will with composites. You pay more for them, but you will likely only pay once.
The procedure for porcelain veneers is rather involved. Your natural teeth will have to be shaved or filed to be reshaped. Once this is done, it cannot be undone. It may require that you wear temporary veneers while your custom veneers are being made. Many improvements are being made so a dentist may be able to have them made for you while you wait.
What Are Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers can help correct most cosmetic issues. They work by covering up stained, broken and misshapen teeth. They just aren’t ideal for very severe cases. Composite veneers are molded directly to your natural teeth. A tooth shaded resin is applied to your teeth. The resin is then sculpted and shaped to match your own teeth. It is also sculpted to correct any cosmetic issues you may have. Once sculpted, the resin is hardened using a high-density light. The process is repeated until the desired appearance is complete.
Composite veneers can usually be done in one visit. You don’t have to wait for someone to design and create them like you do with porcelain veneers. This means you don’t have to wear temporary veneers while you wait. You also don’t have to get your teeth filed or shaved before getting composite veneers.
Composite veneers are also a lot cheaper than porcelain veneers. They cost about half as much. This is partly because it does involve less work and less time.
The downside to composite veneers is that they don’t last as long as porcelain veneers. They last about half as long. So, it really is six of one, half a dozen of the other. Sure, they are half as expensive, but you’ll have to get them replaced twice as often. Composite veneers are also more prone to staining and chipping. This is because the composite is not as durable as porcelain.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
If you are not happy with how your teeth look, you should look into cosmetic dentistry. Whether you decide to get veneers or not will be your decision. Once you decide you want them, you need to look at the type – porcelain versus composite. You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of each. Everyone’s situation is different. You have to see which works best for you.
When considering which type of veneers to get, consider the following:
- How long it takes to complete
- Whether you need to have your natural teeth filed or shaped
These considerations will likely help you make the best decision for your teeth.
Dr. H. Carl Burton Jr, DMD, DMD, PA in Greenville, SC
If you have questions about veneers or want to get veneers, call Dr. H. Carl Burton Jr, DMD of Greenville, SC. He is an exceptional dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry. If you are looking to achieve a perfect smile, veneers may be the way to go. Talk to Dr. Burton to see whether porcelain veneers or composite veneers work best for your teeth. It will depend on what your issues are, your budget and your long-term goals.