If you want to totally change the way your smile looks, veneers are a very good option; you can change everything from whiteness to size and shape, all while keeping your natural teeth. The decision to get veneers is usually pretty easy, but many people struggle to decide between porcelain and composite.
It’s true that both options have their own pros and cons, but here are just four reasons why you should consider composite over porcelain.
- Lower Cost
Unfortunately, you’re never going to find a cheap set of veneers. Your dentist needs to carefully remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth, craft the veneers, and then carefully fit them. In most cases, veneers will cost a few thousand pounds. Your dentist will provide financing options to spread the cost, but you can also cut down on the final bill by choosing composite over porcelain. Composite is a cheaper material, and, unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers can often be made right in your dental surgery.
- Faster Fitting
Your dentist will need to send impressions of your teeth away to have your veneers made in a laboratory if you go for porcelain. This partly explains the expense of porcelain veneers, but cost isn’t the only issue. Since composite veneers are easier to make, you can have them fitted a lot sooner than porcelain veneers.
- Easier Repairs
Whether your veneers are made from porcelain or composite, there’s always a chance one of them could crack, chip, or suffer some other form of damage; veneers are extremely durable, but they’re not indestructible. The difference between porcelain and composite revolves more around ease of repairs than overall durability. Porcelain veneers cannot usually be repaired, so damage often means replacement. In contrast, composite veneers can often be repaired quickly and easily by your dentist.
- Similar Appearance
If you’ve already looked into the porcelain vs. composite debate, you’ve probably read that porcelain looks more natural. This is technically correct, but the difference in appearance has grown smaller and smaller as advances in composite construction have been made. A dental professional will be able to tell the difference, but porcelain and composite veneers will look about the same to regular people.