Porcelain vs Composite veneers

Porcelain vs Composite veneers

Veneers are thin coatings that fit over the front of already-existing teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers are made from either composite resin or ceramic (porcelain) materials and are bonded to the front surface of the top teeth which are the most visible. Veneers are mostly used to cover up chipped, broken, or discoloured teeth. 

The procedure to get veneers is invasive, however, the procedure is irreversible and the veneers may need to be replaced in several years if they get damaged. 

Composite Resin Veneers 

Resin veneers (also known as composite veneers) are made from a tooth-coloured resin (the same material that is used for white fillings) which is applied directly to the teeth. They are an ideal solution for fixing damaged teeth and for enhancing smiles. 

The procedure for composite veneers usually takes 1-2 appointments (depending on whether you’re getting direct or indirect resin veneers). 

Direct and Indirect Composite Resin Veneers 

Direct composite resin veneers are made from a composite resin material that is applied directly to the teeth. The procedure is considered quick and invasive. 

Indirect composite resin veneers are made in a dentist’s office or laboratory and are more durable (and expensive) than direct resin veneers. 

Pros: Composite Resin Veneers 

Why should you get composite resin veneers? 

  • Inexpensive 
  • More affordable than ceramic (porcelain) veneers
  • Shorter application (if direct composite veneers) 
  • Can cover up many aesthetic problems (broken, chipped and discoloured teeth) 
  • Easier to repair than ceramic veneers 

Cons: Composite Resin Veneers 

Some of the downsides of composite resin veneers include: 

  • Resin veneers are weaker and not as durable as porcelain veneers (they may chip easily) 
  • May need to be replaced/repaired frequently 
  • They don’t look as natural as ceramic veneers 

Ceramic (Porcelain) Veneers 

Ceramic (porcelain) veneers are custom-made for your teeth out of porcelain and blend in perfectly with natural teeth. They are durable and won’t stain or change colour over the years. 

The procedure for ceramic veneers usually takes 2-3 appointments. 

Pros: Ceramic (Porcelain) Veneers 

Why should you get ceramic (porcelain) veneers? 

  • Long-lasting and more durable 
  • Custom-made 
  • Has a more natural appearance 
  • Resistant to staining 
  • Easy to maintain 

Cons: Ceramic (Porcelain) Veneers 

Some of the downsides of ceramic (porcelain) veneers include: 

  • They are more expensive than composite resin veneers 
  • The application process takes more than one visit 
  • Can fall off and need to be re-glued to your teeth 
  • If your veneer does get chipped, you’ll have to get a whole new veneer 

Veneer Procedure 

Getting veneers usually takes 2-3 appointments. The following steps are included in the veneer procedure: 

  • During your first appointment, your dentist will take photos, x-rays and do a general teeth examination to determine if you’re eligible for veneers. 
  • Your dentist will trim a small portion of your tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. 
  • A mold is made of your teeth. 
  • You and your dentist will look at a shade guide to choose the most natural looking colour for your veneers. 
  • The mold of your teeth and the shade chosen will be sent to a laboratory so your veneers can be made. 
  • You will be given a temporary veneer to wear while your permanent ones are being made. 
  • At your next dental appointment, your dentist will fit and adjust your new veneers. 
  • Once your veneers are in the perfect place, they will be permanently bonded to the front surface of your teeth. The excess cement will be wiped off. 

Why Get Dental Veneers?

People usually get dental veneers because they are suffering from one of the following: 

  • Chipped teeth 
  • Shorter teeth
  • Misaligned teeth 
  • Spaced-out teeth 
  • Stained or discoloured teeth 
  • Teeth that have been worn down
  • Teeth with gaps 

How Do I Take Care of my Veneers? 

If taken care of well, dental veneers can last for over 10 years. Here are some tips about how you can take care of your veneers properly.

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day: Practicing good oral hygiene is the most effective way to take care of both your teeth and dental veneers. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. 
  • Use a soft toothbrush: Use a soft toothbrush to avoid dislodging the veneers and to avoid the polish on ceramic (porcelain) veneers from becoming damaged. Also make sure you’re using a toothpaste that doesn’t have harsh abrasives, as they can also cause damage to your veneers over time. 
  • Stay away from hard foods: Regularly eating hard or chewy foods can cause damage to your dental veneers over time. 
  • Avoid foods and drinks that stain your teeth: Although ceramic (porcelain) veneers in particular are stain-resistant, they can still become discoloured at the edges (where the adhesive is). Avoid consuming too  much coffee, red wine and tea, and also refrain from smoking to keep your veneers looking clean and new. 
  • Attend regular dental appointments: Attend regular dental appointments for professional teeth cleaning and to ensure that your veneers last a long time. Regular dental appointments means that your dentist will be able to pick up on any issues quickly and resolve them. 

At Advanced Dental Cammeray, we have almost 20 years of dental experience and take pride in offering the highest quality service with state-of-the-art equipment, pain-free techniques, and personalised attention to each of our patients. 

If you are in need of composite resin or ceramic veneers, please contact us at (+612) 9922 6022 or smile@advanceddental.com.au. We are always more than happy to help you make an informed decision about your treatment options.