Porcelain or Composite Veneers – Which are right for you?

Whether you are looking for a smile makeover, or to fix a cosmetic issue, veneers are often an excellent option. There are primarily two types of dental veneers: porcelain and composite.

If you’ve been thinking about getting veneers, chances are you’ve got a lot of questions about them, including which veneers would be more suitable for what you need.

Continue reading to learn about the major differences between composite and porcelain veneers, and then schedule a veneers consultation with your Healthlink cosmetic dentist, so you can get a professional opinion on which veneers suit your needs best.

Composite vs. Porcelain veneers

So, what’s the major difference between composite and porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain adhered to the outer-surface of the tooth. Composite veneers are engine resin affixed to the outer surface of the tooth. Both are made to match your teeth (or whiten them) and improve your overall smile.


Composite veneers are the quicker of the two dental veneers to be applied, as they can be done chairside in one visit. Your dentist will colour match the resin to the shade of your surrounding teeth for the most natural look. The resin is then applied to your teeth, cured, and then polished.

Porcelain veneers typically take at least two visits. Your dentist will remove a very thin layer of your teeth and take an impression of the teeth receiving the veneers and send the mould out to the lab. While you’re waiting on your veneer(s) to be fabricated, you can wear temporary veneers. When you come back for your second visit, your porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth with cement.


With proper care, porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years, whereas composite veneers typically last 4-8 years. While porcelain is fragile, once bonded to a health tooth, it is extremely durable. Composite is also durable, but not as strong as porcelain, and can be more prone to chipping.

However, if damage were to happen to a porcelain veneer, it cannot be repaired and will need to be replaced, whereas, if you chip a composite veneer, you can repair it.


Porcelain veneers catch the light, in an extremely similar way to how a natural tooth does. While composite resin veneers still look great, porcelain veneers are unmatched. An incredible benefit of porcelain veneers is that they are stain resistant, which could make porcelain veneers a great way to not have to whiten your natural teeth in the future. Composite resin veneers will stain like your natural teeth.

An important thing to note is that porcelain veneers are not reversible, whereas composite veneers are reversible.


An important factor in some people’s decision is the composite veneers vs porcelain veneers cost. Initially, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers. The placement of porcelain veneers takes more time, expertise and resources. If you were to break down the costs of the two veneers by how often you would have to replace/repair composite verse porcelain veneers though, the cost would come out even over time.

Dentists at HealthlinkThe only way to know exactly which veneers would be the best for you, is by having a consultation with a dentist. Whether you receive porcelain or composite veneers, your dentist at Healthlink is knowledgeable, caring and will help you understand which dental treatment will suit your needs the best. Call us on (07) 4723 0624 or book an appointment online to talk to someone who will be able to advise which option is best for you.