Composite or Porcelain Veneers

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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.


Composite Veneers Porcelain Veneers

(Dependant on oral care etc)

4 to 8 years 12 – 25 years
Used For Chipped teeth or teeth discolouration or misalignment


Extreme Discolouration, abnormal shaped teeth, misalignment
Advantages –          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

Disadvantages –          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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