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Composite or Porcelain Veneers

Minoo  / Mar 26, 1818 / No Comment 

All About Composite or Porcelain Veneers

The look of your teeth is something you tend to notice first. Some people are born with pearly whites, while others are born with darker teeth. Unfortunately, bad dental hygiene can lead to crooked teeth and large gaps between your teeth. If you feel your teeth are a bit out of alignment, then composite or porcelain veneers may be the answer for you.

Over the years, there has been a lot of advances in dentistry. With the advancement in technology, we now can treat a variety of issues from cosmetic treatment to fixing a fractured tooth.

Composite or Porcelain Veneers! Not sure which ones right for you? It’s probably a good idea to visit your Dentist to discuss which one is more of a suitable option for you. It all depends on what you want out of it. Questions that you should ask yourself when thinking about Veneers are how much do yo want to spend? Do you want something durable? Are you happy to do extra maintenance and what overall appearance are you wanting for your tooth or teeth? Discussing these with your Dentist might give you a better understanding in which treatment Porcelain veneers or Composite Veneers are right to enhance your smile.

Both Veneers have their own Benefits and Disadvantages. The procedures are different. For Composite Veneers Resin is applied slowly one layer at a time to the tooth and each layer is sculpted in your mouth. It is then light cured and then polished to achieve the right look for the patient. Porcelain Veneers are applied to the front of the tooth. Our dentist will start by removing a thin layer of the tooth’s enamel and then add a thin sculpted porcelain veneer on the top.

What is a composite or porcelain veneer?

Composite veneers are a type of porcelain veneer that can create a natural-looking, versatile smile. By combining different types of porcelain, each with a different colour, shape, and texture. The veneers can vary from bright, bold colours to subtle, natural shades. The veneers can be used to fix flaws in your smiles, such as tooth discolouration, chipped teeth, and misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers can also be used to create a new, more fashionable smile.

Composite or Porcelain Veneers are a type of veneer that is applied to the front surface of the teeth. Just like a regular veneer.
They differ from regular veneers. In that they are made from a mixture of resins and resin filters instead of being made from a single material. This means that they are more flexible. And can be used to create a wide range of different decorative effects and/or patterns.
They are also a lot less sensitive to variations in your teeth's porcelain colour and structure than a regular veneer. So they are a great solution for people who want to show off their beautiful natural teeth to the world.

Composite or Porcelain Veneers

 Composite VeneersPorcelain Veneers


(Dependant on oral care etc)

4 to 8 years12 – 25 years
Used For

Chipped teeth or teeth discolouration or misalignment 


Extreme Discolouration, abnormal shaped teeth, misalignment

-          Reversible procedure – can be replaced as needed 

-          Cost is almost half of what it costs to get porcelain veneers


-          Very Natural feel and appearance 

-          Strongly Resists stains or chips

-          Rarely requires maintenance

-          Only small amount of tooth structure removed


-          Requires maintenance as they are known to chip 

-          Durability isn’t as great and doesn’t last as long as porcelains

-          Is more Costly 

-          Procedure takes longer

-          Cannot be repaired, must be replaced


Remember regardless of which veneer option you choose; oral health care plays an important part in prolonging your veneers. Our dentists in Melbourne CBD will follow up with you regularly for dental examinations and cleans. Make sure you avoid eating anything too hard with your veneer such as nuts and ice. Oral Care is so important for your Veneers, so they don’t chip or come off.

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