When your teeth have seen better days, veneers can help to restore their beauty and functionality. And in some cases, your teeth might even look better than they ever have with the help of veneers. But which veneer do you choose?
Porcelain veneers are clearly stronger and more beautiful than composite veneers. But despite that, you might still choose composite veneers over them.
You Might Need a Quick Makeover
When you need an aesthetic makeover fast, composite veneers are the way to go. Because composite veneers start as a tooth-coloured resin, which the dentist can match to the shade of your teeth, they don't take long to apply. In fact, you might walk out of your dentist's office after just an hour with a new composite veneer.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, take two weeks to create in a lab. While you can get temporary veneers while you wait for the permanent ones, they aren't as beautiful or functional as the real thing.
You Might Want to Keep Your Options Open
One of the best things about composite veneers is that they are reversible. This means that your dentist can easily remove a composite veneer from a tooth in future if you decide to replace them or opt for another dental approach.
But because porcelain veneers require the removal of a large amount of tooth structure, they are rarely reversible.
You Might Have a Limited Budget
Porcelain veneers cost twice as much as composite veneers do. If you need multiple teeth restored then, your dental bill could be astronomical. Of course, this isn't a problem if money is no object. But if your budget is limited, then composite veneers are the way to go.
Although composite veneers last 4 to 8 years, and porcelain veneers last twice that amount of time, you can replace your composite veneers in 8 years if you damage or stain them. This would mean that you could have two sets of composite veneers in the time that you would have one set of porcelain veneers.
Although that might seem pointless, if you don't immediately have the cash to pay for porcelain veneers, then composite veneers can give you a cheaper alternative. And, even if you do need two sets of composites over the course of 15 years, that's still equivalent to one set of porcelain veneers, and for a similar cost!
If porcelain veneers are a little expensive for you, composite veneers can offer similar benefits at half the cost.