Composite Veneers or Porcelain Veneers: Which is Better?

I get a lot of questions about which type of veneers is more beneficial, porcelain or composite? Both composite and porcelain veneers are effective, it just depends on what you're personally looking for. 

So first of all let's clarify the difference between composite and porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are aesthetically suitable for more minor cases. Composite veneers are inexpensive and involve a simple method to improve your smile, however they are prone to staining, chipping and dulling over long periods of time. With that said though, they are also very easy to repair and re-polish. 

Porcelain veneers on the other hand are basically a thin layer of porcelain that is made in the laboratory. They are specifically designed to mimic your existing teeth, making them completely unnoticeable! This is perfect way to enhance your smile, while still having the natural look! Let's talk about how they're attached to your teeth. Unlike crowns, porcelain veneers require very little tooth reduction - so you won't be losing much tooth structure at all. They are strongly bonded directly to your teeth, making them last years and year or even a life time! They are stain, scratch and chip resistant and also very, very durable. 

From a Dentist's perspective, porcelain veneers surely provide a more effective way to improve your smile and keep it that way! Although, they are a little more costly - you can treat it as a long term investment. You won't be needing to go to the Dentist every time your daily coffee stains your composite veneer, which also gives you piece of mind!