Composite Veneers vs Porcelain Veneers

As a consumer you are treated to many products and services today with an assortment of good, better, and best options. With the impact of advancements in technology, the dental industry is no different. If you are considering the addition of veneers, you will also have options. The primary difference in comparing composite veneers to porcelain veneers is that of value. Value based on cost and your time. We will review why you might be considering veneers and then the difference in the two applications. We will also spell out the difference in cost and benefits.

Why Consider Composite or Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is a very thin piece of material coverings something else, much like the lumber industry. A fine piece of decorative piece of hardwood laminated over a cheaper wood. The adhesives used for the lamination can make the piece of wood stronger than the original piece of solid wood.

You have decided that you want to some improvements to your smile. This personal asset or attribute is actually difficult to assign a value to. Your smile can often be the very foundation for your self-esteem and self-confidence. Two qualities that influence your personal life as well as your professional encounters. Veneers can easily cover those cracks and chips visible in your teeth. Veneers can cover those unsightly stained teeth that your whitening efforts have not been successful with. Veneers can even close an unwanted gap between two teeth. Veneers can restore your healthy smile or improve on the smile for which you are wishing.

The Difference between Composite and Porcelain Veneers

Composite veneers are created by your dentist while you wait in the dental chair. The resin material is applied directly to your tooth and then shaped and sculpted by your dentist. When finished with the shaping the resin is hardened by a high-intensity light and polished.

The porcelain veneer, in comparison, is fabricated in a dental lab. After your teeth are cleaned and an impression is made of your teeth for the lab, and you will need a second visit for the final application. A thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth and then the porcelain veneer is adhered to the front surface of the tooth with an adhesive which is cured immediately with the high-intensity light.

The Advantages and Benefits of both Composite and Porcelain Veneers

Now comes the comparison in value. Composite veneers, applied in a single visit by your dentist, can range from $250 to $1,500 per tooth. This option buys you a life expectancy of five to seven years. The porcelain veneer can double that life expectancy with a range of 10 to 15 years. The porcelain veneer, with its extended life, will now cost from $500 to $2,500 per tooth.

The perceived value is determined by you. Both options will improve the current aesthetics over your existing teeth. Both applications are as strong as your natural teeth yet both veneers can be chipped and broken like natural teeth.

The comparison meter tends to favor the porcelain veneers. They have a more transparent look like your natural teeth and will achieve your aesthetic objectives. They are both slightly more durable and more resistant to staining from your morning coffee, cola at lunch, or evening red wine.

Cost of Porcelain Veneers