Two options – composite or porcelain veneers?

Dental veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin material.

Composite and porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic layers that are glued to the tooth surface, while composite veneers are made of plastic and is placed on the tooth in several layers.

Porcelain veneers are more durable, they last about 7-15 years. They resist stains significantly better than composite veneers and provides the most natural appearance. They are custom fabricated to fit individual teeth and made in a laboratory.

A composite resin is performed by a dentist, who sculpts the material in thin layers on the tooth, which is an advantage, as they often can be done at a regular dental visit.

Composite resin veneers are less expensive, but is not as durable (2-5 years) or long lasting as porcelain veneers and will result in higher costs over time.

To correct minor damage to a tooth (chipped tooth), composite repair is usually the best treatment option as it affects the affects the natural tooth structure to a minimum extent.

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