Differences Between Porcelain and Composite Veneers

Differences Between Porcelain and Composite Veneers

Many of our clients seek those award-winning smiles they see on television. Veneers are a great way to achieve them. However, you may have heard of two types of veneers: porcelain and composite. What’s the difference?

Both types of treatments involve full or partial coverings of teeth that have the ability to enhance your smile. Veneers are extremely beneficial in cosmetic dentistry, as they can correct misalignment, gap, form, color and spacing issues. There are some differences between the two types.


Composite veneers can give you a beautiful, natural-looking appearance made possible with a quicker process than porcelain, usually just a one-hour visit. It’s becoming more and more popular because of the fact that there is no need to reduce the tooth’s original structure. It also happens to be relatively inexpensive. Available in many different shades, your composite veneers can be customized to your specifications.

Resin is applied in layers, sculpted directly onto the tooth, usually to remedy chipping, discoloration or even minor misalignments. The biggest benefit is that, because it’s a gradual, additive process, it can be reversed and replaced if need be. Composite veneer therapy is considered an art form, one that requires attention to detail, patience and a steady hand.

If you are a coffee, tea or soda drinker, keep in mind that composite veneers can stain just like natural teeth can. On the whole, composite veneers typically don’t last as long as porcelain veneers or crowns, typically lasting between 10 to 15 years with some touch-ups in between.


Also referred to as laminates, porcelain veneers can also transform the appearance of your smile. Comprised of a very thin customized porcelain, this type of veneer is crafted to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth. Bonded to the surface of your natural teeth, veneers make it possible to reshape broken, misshapen or crooked teeth, and remedy discolored ones. Porcelain veneers are usually used in cases of heightened discoloration, misalignment or malformation of teeth. Stain and chip resistant, they also tend to last longer than composites. Porcelain veneers take two appointments rather than just one quick one with composites.

Patients are encouraged to keep up with their regular brushing and flossing routine after veneer application.

Here at Redwood Dental, we offer both composite and porcelain veneers. Call us today for a consultation (800) 462-2222.