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What's the difference between composite veneers and porcelain?

What are the main types of dental veneers?

Veneers build a bright and appealing smile. It is just a tooth-colored material that coats the front surface of your teeth. Various dental, materials used to fabricate the veneers. Each material has its pros and cons. The most extensively used veneers in cosmetic dentistry are porcelain and composite. Composite veneers have resin that bound with the tooth surface by mechanical bounding. Porcelain veneers are custom-made ceramic veneers that are bonded to the tooth surface using a binder. Our cosmetic dentists in Cambridge, MA can help you understand what types of veneers are best for your perfect white smile.

Let's go over the key differences between composite and porcelain veneers and also help to choose the best veneers for you.

temporary veneers, preparation for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers - Preparation


Both types of veneers have good strength and are durable. But composite veneers are more prone to fracture. Porcelain veneers are made of solid, fracture-resistant ceramic. A direct blow can cause damage to the composite veneers or chipping off the edges of the veneers.

Cost of Dental Veneers

The composite veneers are cost-effective because they don’t need advanced fabrication. The resin can directly bind with the tooth surface without any additional binder. Porcelain veneers required a custom-made design and a lengthy dental laboratory process, which increases their cost but on the other hand, it improves the fitting of veneers.


Porcelain veneers seem more natural due to their opacity. They improve aesthetics and appearance. Composite veneers, on the other hand, stain more quickly and have a less appealing look. Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and color change.

Dental visits

Composite veneers needed less chairside time over the course of a few dental visits. The direct composite veneers only required single or few dental appointments. Likewise, the porcelain veneers needed more visits and a longer fabrication period.

Tooth preparation

Composite veneers do not necessitate a conventional tooth reduction. A thin layer of resin can apply for veneering. Although porcelain veneers demand a tooth preparation or reduction of the enamel prior to the placement of veneers. It also aids in the concealment of broader flaws and extensive tooth staining So, porcelain veneers are recommended for severe damage and stained teeth.

The choice of veneer type depends upon your teeth' previous conditions and other associated oral factors. Excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits can help to extend the life and durability of dental veneers. You can consult with our Dental Veneers Expert Dr. Michael Ofir to find suitable and right veneers for your smile.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Ofir online or call our dental clinic in Cambridge, MA at 617-374-9500.


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