Composite Resin vs Porcelain Veneers

Having veneers placed on one’s teeth is a popular request for cosmetic dentists today.  Your professional dentist will discuss whether or not you would be a good candidate after a thorough examination and evaluation.

Now that you’ve chosen veneers as the cosmetic dental procedure, the dentist must choose which one is the most appropriate for you.

The veneer material may be made from composite resin or porcelain; each one has its benefits and drawbacks.

Benefits of Composite Resin Veneers

  • One Office Visit

Composite resin veneers can be made and placed within a single sitting in the dental chair.  The tooth is prepared with an appropriate amount of enamel structure removed to permit veneer placement without making the tooth too bulky. The composite resin is formed into the shape desired. After a bonding agent is applied, the composite resin is then placed, followed by a curing technique

Once satisfactorily complete, the tooth is polished and ready for action.

  • Repair

If a composite resin breaks with wear, it can be repaired, unlike porcelain veneers, which must be completely replaced.

  • Cost

Because the dental chair as opposed to can make composite resin veneers porcelain veneers which must be fabricated in a dental laboratory, and takes more than one office visit with more preparation, porcelain veneers are more costly

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • Stain Resistant

In comparison to other bonding agents, porcelain veneers are stain resistant due to its impermeable ceramic surface.  Therefore eating and drinking richly pigmented foods and beverages containing tannins or chromagens will not mar the veneer appearance (as in coffee, tea, red wine, berries).

  • Conservative

Only a small bit of enamel is removed to make way for the veneers which are quite thin ranging in size between one half millimeter to .7 mm. This leaves the integral structure of the tooth intact and therefore stronger.

  • Natural in appearance

The characteristic translucency of porcelain veneers makes the tooth appear quite natural and life-like so that it is difficult to discern any dental work to the tooth itself.  Light enters the veneer and enamel and then bounces or reflects back when it hits the dentin giving a pearly luster in the same manner as most teeth. The perception of depth that one gets with porcelain is not shared with composite resins or other bonding material.

  • Durable

Avoidance of chewing hard objects like nails, nutshells and ice along with practicing good oral hygiene, will afford individuals many years of enjoyment from the porcelain veneers (10-15 years or longer).  The veneer bonded to healthy teeth makes it very strong.

To “recap”, if time in the dental office is an issue or the cost of the procedure is a strong consideration, then a composite resin may be the more sensible choice.

However, if these are not issues, porcelain veneers may be the way to go.

Either way, the dentist will help you decide.  Enjoy your new teeth and new look!