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Composite vs. Porcelain Veneers – What’s the Difference?

February 28, 2014
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Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann

Dental veneers are a popular and effective solution for people who want to straighten, whiten, and ultimately perfect their smile. A veneer is a thin layer of material that is bonded to the front of the tooth and can be made of either composite resin or porcelain. But what is the difference between composite and porcelain veneers, and what is the best solution for you?

Composite veneers are the less expensive of the two, costing about half of what a porcelain veneer would cost. While they still look beautiful, they don’t last as long and they require more maintenance. They can chip or fade in color since they are more porous than the porcelain veneers. They may require regular polishing to maintain a whiter color. Typically they will need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years. A composite veneer may be a good option for a patient that needs just one or a few veneers, and if the necessary maintenance doesn’t outweigh the cost savings for that individual.

Porcelain veneers are more expensive but may be the better option depending on the patient. They are about three to four times stronger than a composite veneer and have a very lifelike color to them. They do not fade over time and can last decades if they are maintained properly.

Be sure to do your research and ask your dentist any questions you may have before you decide on your veneers. Always beware of cheap imitations or ill-fitting veneers that could cause you further dental problems. If you’re wondering if veneers are a good solution for your smile, feel free to contact our office at (603) 716-9812, or email us at 

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