Are you considering veneers to improve the appearance of your smile? Porcelain veneers and composite veneers are two popular options, but you may be wondering what are the differences between the two. 

Both porcelain veneers and composite veneers have their pros and cons, and the best choice for you will depend on your individual needs and goals. We’ll compare porcelain veneers vs composite veneers in terms of time, durability, aesthetics, cost, and when it may be appropriate to have them replaced. 


How long does it take to get veneers? Porcelain veneers typically require at least two dental appointments. During the first visit, your dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for the veneer. Impressions of your teeth are then taken and used to create custom veneers. During your second appointment, your dentist will bond the veneers to your teeth. 

Composite veneers, on the other hand, can be completed in one appointment. Your dentist will apply the composite material directly to your teeth, shape it, and cure it with a special light.  If you’re looking for a quicker solution, composite veneers may be the right choice.


Are Porcelain or Composite Veneers more Durable? Porcelain veneers are known for their durability, typically lasting 10-15 years! On the other hand, composite veneers tend to be less durable with a shorter lifespan of 5-7 years. Composite veneers are more likely to chip but are easily repaired, while porcelain veneers are more durable. However, if a porcelain veneer were to be damaged it would need to be replaced by creating a new one rather than repaired meanwhile composite veneers may be repaired. 


Do veneers look like natural teeth?: Porcelain veneers offer a more natural and lifelike appearance, mimicking the translucency and color of natural teeth. They also reflect light similarly to natural teeth, which tends to make them look more natural. Porcelain veneers are also more stain resistant, making them a better choice for smokers, coffee, tea, and red wine drinkers. Many patients also feel that since porcelain veneers don’t stain as easily, they no longer need to whiten their teeth! Composite veneers have a more opaque appearance, and may not match the color of your natural teeth as closely. They are also more prone to staining and discoloration over time.


The average cost of veneers: Porcelain veneers are generally more expensive than composite veneers, with the average cost ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 per tooth. Composite veneers, on the other hand, typically cost between $250 and $1500 per tooth. The cost will depend on the complexity of the case.


How to determine if Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers are the right choice:

Your dentist should help provide a comprehensive overview of the pros and cons, but now that you know the significant differences, you may be wondering which to choose.  Composite veneers are a good option if you have minor cosmetic issues, such as gaps between your teeth or minor tooth discoloration. They are also a good choice if you have a tight budget, since they are less expensive than porcelain veneers. However, keep in mind they may not last as long as long.  Porcelain veneers are a better option if you have more significant cosmetic issues, such as crooked or misshapen teeth. They are also a good choice if you want a more natural and long-lasting result.


What are the main reasons I may need my veneers replaced?

The most common reason to have veneers replaced is due to damage or general wear and tear. This can occur if you bite or grind your teeth, which can cause chips or cracks. It’s also possible that your veneers become loose over time, especially if they weren’t bonded properly. In these cases, your dentist may recommend replacing the veneers to restore the appearance and function of your teeth.

Porcelain and composite veneers are both great options for improving the appearance of your teeth, but there are key differences between the two. It is important to consider factors such as time, durability, aesthetics, and cost when making your decision. 

If you’re looking to get more information about Dental veneers, Dr. Pegah Salami can help you determine which option is best for you based on your individual needs and goals. Whether you choose porcelain or composite veneers, the end result will be a beautiful and confident smile! For more information or to schedule a consultation, call our offices at (858) 673-1000

Pegah Salami

Dr. Pegah Salami is an orthodontist, cosmetic dentist, sedation dentist, and Invisalign specialist. Her office is located in Rancho Bernardo and serving San Diego County. Dr. Salami is a member of several prestigious dental organizations.