What are the Pros and Cons of Composite Veneers Vs Porcelain Veneers?

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Hi, I’m Dr Rita Trak, principal dentist and founder of Dental & Skin Clinic here in Bentleigh East in Melbourne.

Earlier this week, one of our regular clients Ava, from Bentleigh, paid us a visit in our clinic. She has been thinking about upgrading her smile for awhile, and finally decided to do something about it. During our cosmetic consultation she asked me, “Hey Dr Rita, What’s the difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers?”

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I know there’s quite a few people who don’t exactly know the difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers. That’s why, in this video we will go through what makes each type unique, why there’s such a big difference in price, their difference in expected longevity and their difference in quality.

As I sort of pointed out, the main difference between the two comes down to quality.

In terms of the expected longevity with porcelain veneers, we can expect between 15 to 20 years. With composite veneers, we can expect between 3 to 5 years.

In terms of the process, composite veneers generally get done in one to two visits, compared to porcelain veneers, which get done in five visits and five weeks.

In terms of which one we recommend over the other, it comes down to a few things. They include the client’s budget, how much money they’re willing to invest, what value they see in their smile makeover, the number of teeth they want to upgrade and how white they want their smile to be. And that comes down to the starting point of the smile and what the end goal of the smile makeover is and how natural the client wants it to look.

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When to choose composite veneers over porcelain veneers? Composite veneers are good for when you want subtle improvements to your smile, you’re happy with the overall look of your smile, you’re not necessarily looking for something drastic or big. That’s when I recommend composite veneers to a client. With composite veneers you get about 20% overall improvement in your smile. Porcelain veneers are great for when you want a drastic improvement to your smile and it’s typically something my clients have been thinking about doing for awhile. With porcelain veneers you get about 80% improvement in your overall smile.

I hope this video has given you more insight into the difference between composite and porcelain veneers and which type to get for yourself. If you’ve been looking for a cosmetic dentist to help upgrade your smile, we’d be honoured to help you.

You can book a cosmetic consultation here in our clinic at Bentleigh East by calling us on 03 9088 1118 or by sending us a message on Instagram or Facebook, and we’ll be in touch to help organise your consultation. See you in the next video.

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