Composite vs Porcelain Veneers


As time goes on, we oftentimes find that our teeth wear down and discolor. Even if you had braces in the past, your teeth may not be as straight as they used to be. An easy solution that many of my patients prefer to these problems, is using veneers.

Veneers are small custom made shells that can be attached to the teeth in order to give teeth a straighter, whiter look. There are two primary types of veneers, Composite and Porcelain. Patients oftentimes have trouble deciding on what kind of veneers to get, so I’ll explain the basics of each one.

Composite veneers are created from tooth colored composites, and are applied directly onto teeth. Composite veneers are made directly by the dentist, which allows for cheaper costs. Composite veneers however, have a higher chance of staining and cannot make extreme changes to smiles. They are also more susceptible to cracking, but overall composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are a pricier but higher quality alternative to composites. Porcelain veneers are created by ceramists in laboratories, where they use ceramic materials to recreate a near perfect shell of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are more resistible to staining, and will be more resistant to breaking. They also look more natural, allowing you to be more confident in your smile. The only drawback to porcelain veneers then is that they are much more expensive as compared to composite veneers.

Ultimately, choosing the right veneer that fits your preferences is a decision that can greatly improve your confidence and smile. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by our office or call us at 651.454.9028

A before after picture of teeth with veneers and teeth without veneers