Dental veneers are available in composite and porcelain types. While both options are custom tinted to match your smile and cover flaws involving structure and color, the two types differ in their durability and resistance to stains. Here is more information about each type of veneer for patients planning to get them in the future.
Porcelain is widely preferred over composite for veneers, because porcelain is non-porous. This means that it is virtually invulnerable to discoloration. It also lasts longer than composite. However, porcelain does require a bigger initial investment.
These veneers use a material similar to that used in bonding and tooth-colored fillings. With its higher porosity, composite can become stained more easily than porcelain. Some patients may prefer composite veneers for their lower cost and their treatment time, though, as it is shorter than that required for porcelain veneers. Instead of being made at a lab, composite veneers may be fitted when they are placed.
Porcelain veneers can last for decades, while composite veneers often last for about four to eight years. While the advantages of porcelain veneers are clear, they do require a greater investment of time and money compared to their composite counterparts. Patients can schedule a consultation with our porcelain veneers specialist in Beverly Hills to learn more about the differences between these two types of veneers.