Composite Veneers vs Porcelain Veneers

Once you and the dentist have determined that chapel hill veneers are the right treatment plan for your smile restoration, you will need to decide on the material for your veneers.  Dentists usually offer a composite resin or porcelain for veneers so it is important to understand the difference in the materials.  Once you familiarize yourself with the materials and you determine your needs, you can choose which material will work best for you.

Advantages of Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain, sometimes as much as half.  When most dental insurance plans do not cover veneers, the lower price tag is attractive for your budget.  The cost for your veneers can run between $250 to $1,500 per tooth depending on the location of the tooth in your mouth, the experience of the dentist, and your geographic location. Composite veneers can be created for you while you are waiting in the office instead of the laboratory created porcelain veneers.  Finally, composite veneers require less preparation of your natural teeth than porcelain so you can remove and replace the composite material.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are much more durable than composite veneers; consequently, the porcelain variety can last ten to fifteen years.  The composite veneers only have a five to seven year lifespan on average.  Porcelain may cost twice as much as composite but they last twice as long.  Aesthetically, most dentists agree that porcelain veneers replicate natural teeth with the material’s translucence.  Porcelain itself is resistant to staining and chipping, and even allows the dentist to address more severe concerns as compared to the more porous composite material.  Porcelain veneers require a more complicated preparation for your teeth and a laboratory fabrication, so you may need to wear temporary veneers before your permanent ones are ready.  Some dental offices are starting to office in house fabrication to decrease the time between the start of the process and your new, shiny smile.

Composite or Porcelain… What’s the Verdict?

Now that you have seen the merits of both of the materials, you need to talk to the dentist about the exact issues you are hoping to address with the veneers and your expectations of the results.  The dentist can make a recommendation to you based on your oral health and the location of the veneers in your mouth.  The dentist can help you review the timelines for both the composite veneers and the porcelain veneers to help you choose which works better for your ideal timeline.  But in order to make the best choice for your mouth, you need to decide what the most important factor is for you. Is it budget? Would you prefer a smaller price tag now? Is it durability? Would you prefer to only worry about replacing your veneers every ten to fifteen years? Is it a more natural look? No matter your priority, the veneers will give you the bright, complete smile you have been looking to share with the world.

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