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If you would like to change the appearance of one or more of your teeth, veneers may be an excellent option. They can disguise a range of minor flaws such as cracks, chips, and gaps to give you a bright, natural-looking smile. However, did you know there are two different types of veneers? Both offer unique advantages, so how can you know which one is the better choice for your smile? Here are the advantages and disadvantages of composite and porcelain veneers.

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Porcelain veneers are made from thin, dental-grade porcelain. They are extremely durable and are nonporous, which makes them highly stain resistant. Composite veneers, or bonded veneers, are made from the same material as tooth-colored fillings. This composite resin is more prone to staining and breakage than porcelain, but they hold up well enough under normal wear and tear.


Porcelain veneers last 10 – 15 years on average and are considered a permanent treatment since placing them requires the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel. Composite veneers usually last 4 – 8 years and aren’t considered to be permanent because less, if any, enamel removal is needed. At the end of their lifespan, the patient can decide if they want to have them replaced or not since preparation is less invasive than that of porcelain veneers.


Both types of veneers can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth so they blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile. They can also both correct most (if not all) of the same imperfections, including discoloration, minor misalignment issues, and more.


If you decide to get porcelain veneers, the procedure will take at least two appointments. Your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel and taking impressions of them. A dental laboratory will create the veneers and send them back to your dentist. On the other hand, composite veneers can usually be attached in just one appointment and require little to no enamel removal. Once your dentist has prepared your teeth, they will mold the composite material over them and harden it with a special light. They will then reshape the veneers until they have reached the desired look.


Since composite veneers are quicker to attach and the process is easier than that of porcelain ones, they generally cost anywhere from $250 to $1,500 per tooth. Porcelain veneers usually cost anywhere from $925 to $2,500 but average around $1,500 each. Though composite is much cheaper, it’s important to consider porcelain’s longer lifespan and increased durability, which may make them the less costly option in the long run.

Since the best choice will vary from person to person, the type of veneer that’s best for you is more a matter of preference than anything. Consult your dentist so they can help you make the decision that will be the most beneficial for your smile.

About the Practice

Struggling to find a dental office that fits the needs of you and your family in the Houston area? Look no further than the dental office of Dr. Mark Gray. His updated facility features beautiful architectural touches and all the comforts and technology necessary to make your experience as peaceful as possible. If you’re looking into veneers and aren’t sure which option is right for you, he can help you make the best decision for your budget and your smile. Visit his website or call 281-493-9395 to learn more about the types of veneers or to schedule an appointment.