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The Differences Between Porcelain & Composite Veneers


Are you considering veneers for a brighter, more confident smile? Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry solution that can effectively improve your smile and the appearance of your teeth, covering up a range of imperfections. However, with two main types to choose from, it’s important to understand the differences between them. In this article, we’ll explore composite and porcelain veneers, discussing their pros and cons and helping you make an informed decision about which option is best for you.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are made from a tooth-coloured resin material that is applied directly to the surface of the tooth. This type of veneer is a more affordable and minimally invasive option than porcelain veneers. The procedure can usually be completed in a single appointment, with your dentist carefully shaping and bonding the resin to your teeth. The result is a natural-looking smile that can last up to seven years with proper care.


  • Less expensive than porcelain veneers
  • Can be completed in one appointment
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Natural-looking appearance.


  • Not as durable as porcelain veneers
  • More susceptible to staining and discoloration
  • Requires more maintenance than porcelain veneers
  • May need to be replaced more frequently.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are thin shells made from a ceramic material that are custom-crafted to fit over the front of your teeth. This type of veneer is a more permanent solution than composite veneers, with a lifespan of up to 15 years. The procedure typically requires two appointments, with your dentist first taking impressions of your teeth and then bonding the finished veneers to your teeth in a separate appointment.


  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Resistant to staining and discolouration
  • Requires less maintenance than composite veneers
  • Can improve the strength and structure of teeth.


  • More expensive than composite veneers
  • Requires two appointments
  • More invasive procedure
  • May cause tooth sensitivity for some patients.

Which Option Is Right for You?

The decision between composite and porcelain veneers ultimately depends on your unique needs and preferences. If you’re looking for a cost-effective and minimally invasive solution for veneers, composite veneers may be your best choice. However, if you’re looking for a more permanent and durable solution that can improve the structure of your teeth, porcelain veneers may be the better option.

Regardless of the type of veneer you choose, selecting a skilled and experienced dentist to perform the procedure is important. At Newmarket Family Dental, our team of experts is dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic dentistry services, including both composite and porcelain veneers. As a BUPA dental preferred provider, we strive to make our services affordable and accessible to all patients.

Please take a look at our Veneer before and after results.

Veneers in Brisbane

Veneers are an excellent cosmetic dentistry solution that can enhance the appearance of your smile. Whether you choose composite or porcelain veneers for your veneers, both options can effectively cover up imperfections and provide a natural-looking result. Contact us at Newmarket Family Dental to schedule a consultation and learn more about which type of veneer is right for you.