Deciding What's Best For You: Composite vs. Porcelain Veneers
Are you looking to improve the appearance of your teeth? Veneers could be an option for you.
Why would you have veneers?
Veneers improve the appearance of your teeth with minimal to no preparation to the existing tooth. They can make a dramatic difference to your smile. They can close gaps, align your smile, rebuild worn teeth and whiten teeth where suitable.
Choosing Composite or Porcelain Veneers
When discussing veneers you may be given multiple options in regards to materials, the most common options are composite or porcelain.
Your dentist will discuss your specific requirements to work out which options suits you best.
What Are The Advantages of Composite Veneers?
There are advantages to both of these aesthetic treatments, and it is always best to talk to your private dentist about any procedure you are considering.
Perhaps the main advantage of Composite Veneers over Porcelain is their cost. Porcelain Veneers can sometimes work out to be more expensive than composite. However, the cost of veneers does vary, and it is best to discuss this with your dentist so you know exactly what you will receive for your money.
Same day treatment
Composite veneers can be placed on the same day of treatment. These veneers are directly sculptured on to your teeth as opposed to made in a lab as with Porcelain veneers. It is then set with UV light, and then shaped and polished to resemble natural teeth.
With composite veneers there is minimal, if any prep. This means your teeth below could remain as they were. Many a time no local anaesthetic is required for this treatment.
They can be removed and replaced
The other advantage is that composite veneers have an element of reversibility. With these types of veneers, there is minimal / no prep (cutting) work required on your teeth, so this means that then underlying teeth remain the same and unaffected. They can easily be repaired in the surgery often on the same day.
What Are The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers have many advantages over composite veneers. For Example:
Porcelain is a stronger substance than composite and therefore it is more durable. Porcelain veneers that are well maintained can last longer than composite, however this does not mean that composite veneers do not last for a long time when well looked after.
Porcelain veneers are generally superior when it comes to aesthetics. They are made in a lab and can have a more translucent appearance which seems more natural. They're also less prone to staining and are less likely to chip.
Perfect solution for damaged teeth
Porcelain veneers offer a really suitable treatment for cases in which tooth enamel is worn, or there is distinct wear and tear to the teeth. As an example, significant discolouration or issues that affect the spacing of teeth can be treated with porcelain veneers and can offer a natural looking approach to fixing aesthetic concerns.