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A Few Differences Between Composite and Porcelain Veneers

Composite vs Porcelain Veneers

Are you looking for a way to improve your smile? If you’ve answered yes to this question, then you may want to look into porcelain or composite veneers. They are a proven great option for many people.

One of the questions that will come up when you visit your dentist is whether you wish to have composite veneers or porcelain ones.You need to understand the little differences between these two types of veneers to make an informed decision and enjoy all the benefits. At first, it may seem too complicated to understand, but it’s not really.

Are you Eligible for Dental Veneers?

As one of the most popular ways for you to improve your smile, veneers are suitable for a whole variety of cases. For instance, you may have teeth that are chipped, cracked, crooked, misshapen, discolored, stained, or simply worn out from time and improper use. Anyone of these tooth imperfections means you’re likely eligible for the treatment and will be very happy with the results.

A very frequently asked question is, what is the difference between a veneer and a crown?

There are a few important differences.

Firstly, a crown is made of thicker material and requires a bit more grinding of your original tooth before it can be applied. Secondly, a crown will cover the entire 360 degrees surface of your tooth – the front, sides, and back surfaces.

On the other hand, veneers are made of thinner material. There is very minimal- or no grinding down of your original tooth, and, typically, they only partially cover the surface of your tooth.

So, if you have healthy teeth that are in pretty good condition, you can change your appearance, including the color and shape of your teeth with veneers. Veneers are considered a conservative, yet a smart option. Crowns, in contrast, are the preferred treatment of choice if teeth are more damaged. If you have a tooth that is broken or needs a root canal, you may need a crown instead.

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Types of veneers

When you have your consultation with the dentist and decide that veneers are right for you, the dentist will present you with two different options:
  • Composite Veneers
  • Porcelain Veneers

Composite Veneers

Made of a composite resin material, composite veneers are applied directly to the enamel surface of your teeth. There is very little, if any, grinding preparation and thus little or no change to the structure of your teeth. Of all the veneer types, this is the most minimally invasive option.

Porcelain Veneers

These types of veneers are made in the lab from a mold, and therefore the dentist will need first to make impressions of your teeth. In a way, we can say porcelain veneers are custom made for your teeth. The processing time takes up to 5-7 days or more.

During this one week, you will receive a temporary set of veneers so you can eat, drink, speak freely, and smile – similar to getting a crown.

When the final set of veneers are ready, you will be called back to the dentist for the permanent fixing. The dentist will use a strong bonding cement to apply the thin veneer shells to the front of your teeth.

Composite Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers

It’s important to understand that there are advantages and disadvantages to both types of veneers. Here are a few points to consider when looking at the benefits and potential downsides of both.

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Composite Veneers

If we look at some of the positive aspects of composite veneers, I will list lower cost, shorter process time, and great aesthetics at the top of the list.

Since dentistry, in general, can run you quite a hefty tab, this is a big help – especially nowadays, post-pandemic. Secondly, the processing time is only one-two days, which in comparison to one week for the porcelain veneers, can save you a lot of time and expense for accommodation. Aesthetically, they can cover almost all issues such as discolorations, small gaps, and misshapen teeth.

If we take a look at some of the disadvantages of composite veneers, I will list weaker material, shorter lifespan, and a slightly less natural look as being essential to consider.

The fact is that composite veneers are a slightly weaker material and can only be expected to last anywhere from 7-10 years. Moreover, because they aren’t custom made for your teeth, you can expect the results to be slightly less natural in appearance. Another disadvantage is that if you’re looking for a “Hollywood Smile,” you may be a bit disappointed if your original teeth are darker or stained.

Porcelain Veneers

As I previously mentioned, porcelain veneers are custom made in a dental laboratory to fit your teeth. Aesthetically, they are about as naturally translucent-looking as your original teeth, so others will only notice what a beautiful set you have. Moreover, the materials are harder, so with proper care and regular check-up visits to your dentist, you can expect porcelain veneers to last up to 10-20 years.

All this custom-made beauty, however, comes with a higher cost and longer processing time. Another disadvantage of porcelain veneers is that you may need to have your teeth ground down a little before application. It’s not too extensive, but must be mentioned.

With these taken into account, you’ll be better informed and able to choose the better type of veneer.

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Making A Decision

At the end of the day, the best way to make the right choice is to travel out to Budapest and consult with one of our Medi Tours Hungary dentists. You’ll be able to discuss all your aesthetic goals and personal considerations.

This means you’ll be able to choose solutions that are either more cost-effective or better for your aesthetic concerns.

If you’re ready to get started or have additional questions about dental veneers, send me an email at info@meditourshungary.co.uk or click here to register for an online consultation. It’s free!

Until next time!

Dr. Randy Simor

About Us

Hi Everyone!  I’m Dr. Randy and I’m an American expat here in Budapest now for 25+ years.  I completed my medical training and education at the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest in 1999 and have been working in the local healthcare market ever since. I established Medi Tours Hungary in 2005 and have been helping patients ever since come to Budapest for high quality, affordable cosmetic treatment.

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