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Dental Veneers: Porcelain or Composite

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MADental veneers are the solution to many common teeth problems, and they are an option for those looking for a ‘smile make-over’. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "Popularity and demand for this procedure continues to increase as people become more aware of it as an option. Many of my patients look to freshen their smile and veneers are a great way to look and feel younger. Dental veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin and are able to fix crooked teeth, spaced teeth, chipped or damaged teeth and stained teeth".

Dental veneers: Composite vs. porcelain veneers

Dental veneers are a thin material bonded to teeth, creating a natural look. Veneers are also a popular choice for those looking to avoid braces. But what is the decision between porcelain and composite resin veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers: The advantages and disadvantages

Porcelain dental veneers are custom made for your teeth and are well known for their natural appearance. The pros include:

  • Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and can last for up to 15 years if taken care of properly.
  • Porcelain’s translucent properties create a very natural look.
  • Resistant to stains caused by food, drink and cigarettes.
  • Applying veneers is a small procedure requiring minimal drilling.

Some of the disadvantages are:

  • Porcelain veneers require two visits to the dentist.
  • They are more expensive than composite resin veneers.
  • Porcelain veneers can’t be repaired and must be replaced if damaged.

The pros and cons of composite resin dental veneers

Composite resin dental veneers are bonded to the teeth with resin cement, which is an extremely quick and easy procedure. The other advantages include:

  • The process requires only one visit to the dentist.
  • Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
  • They are easy and affordable to repair.
  • Composite resin veneers are versatile and easy to remove, replace and repair.

Composite resin veneers have some disadvantages too:

  • They can stain over time
  • They are less durable than porcelain veneers.
  • Composite veneers are widely considered to have a less natural look than porcelain veneers.

Not all teeth are suitable for dental veneers, so consult Dr. Ryne Johnson at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners with any questions or concerns. We will also help you to make a decision between porcelain and composite veneers. Contact us at www.NewtonWellesleyDentalPartners.com

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