Pros and Cons of Composite vs Porcelain Teeth Veneers
There are many pros and cons of composite vs porcelain veneers. It’s important to understand the purpose of each type of veneers and what they are generally known to repair or enhance.
Veneers are used to repair the spaces between teeth, as well as to correct permanently stained teeth (external and internal stains). They are probably the best method of hiding unsightly fillings, which can occur via cheap dental work, or from having a filling erode over time. Lastly, veneers are almost always the first choice for correcting poorly shaped teeth, so their confidence in smiling can be restored.
A Composite Resin is a filling material that resembles the color of your teeth, however, it can be made brighter to assist in hiding stains. This material can be used to hide a filling once completed, and can also be further manipulated to cover over a tooth, creating a veneer.
The benefit of composites definitely begins at the price point, and you can see below just how drastic a price difference there is between the two. As well, a composite veneer can be applied within one dental visit. The most notable benefit of a composite is that it can be repaired if damaged. The downside of this type of veneer is that they generally will not look as natural or appealing as their porcelain counterpart, and they certainly do not last as long. They will discolor over time, and they do tend to chip and crack. While you can normally expect a composite veneer to be completed in one dental visit, the “in chair” time is around 2 to 3 hours, depending on the amount of work required. This can be a hassle for those dental appointments that normally take place during a work day.
Porcelain veneers, therein, have many advantages over composites. First, they look completely natural; the visual appeal is much better than that of a composite. Also, porcelain is much stronger once it is attached and cemented to the tooth. Porcelain veneers do not wear down, and they will not stain as quickly as a resin composite, in fact you would be hard pressed to stain the porcelain at all if it is well maintained.
The only real downside to porcelain, aside from the price point, is that once chipped or damaged in any way, they must be completely replaced. You cannot repair a damaged porcelain veneer. Another important factor that can be considered a disadvantage is that the process is irreversible. The original tooth enamel is roughed and manipulated in order to make way for the veneer. This will cause a permanent need for the veneer.
The Reality of a Cost Comparison
The cost of a composite teeth veneers can run at around $200 to $300 per tooth. The porcelain counterpart can run anywhere between $800 to $2,000 and even more, depending on the damage. So yes, the price difference is quite drastic. Having said that, the argument is always that while a composite veneer may be less expensive initially, repairing and replacing composite resin veneers in the future can limit the savings and time benefit of any initial cost.
Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry wants to be upfront and offer you the information you need such as the pros and cons regarding some of the different types of cosmetic dentistry veneers. I hope this provides some insight as to different options for teeth veneers that are available for you or your loved ones.