Composite or porcelain veneers—which should you choose?

Veneers, whether made of composite or porcelain, do the same thing: they are used to cover the flaws of the teeth.

They can improve the shape, color and overall appearance of teeth. Veneers are thin laminate shells used to fix chipped teeth, stained teeth, misaligned ones and they can also be used to close gaps between teeth. 

But there are differences between the two. Each one has its pros and cons. Read on to find out if you should go for composite veneers or porcelain veneers. 

The process

The procedure for composite veneers tends to be less invasive. Composite veneers are reversible while porcelain requires your teeth to be reshaped so the veneer could fit. 

Composite veneers can be completed in just one visit. Your dentist will contour and shape the composite resin onto your teeth and cure the resin and polish it. No need to return to see results—you get your smile makeover in an instant.

Because porcelain veneers are usually made in an off-site lab, you will need to go to your dentist more than once for the procedure.  

The look

Both composite resin and porcelain are tooth-colored but porcelain veneers look closer to natural teeth because of their translucent quality. To achieve a more natural look, the composite resin veneers are polished. 

The cost

Porcelain veneers are typically twice as expensive as composite ones. So if budget is a concern, composite veneers might be the right choice for you.


Porcelain is resistant to staining while composite resin is more susceptible to stains because of its porous quality. You will need to watch what you eat to avoid staining composite resin veneers. 

The durability 

Porcelain veneers last longer—if you take good care of them, they can last from 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers last from 5 to 7 years. 

If the decision feels daunting, don’t worry. We’re here to help you make the right choice. Call BrightSmile Avenue at +6326212556 (BGC), +6327992784 (Banawe) or +6322969239 (Makati).



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