Porcelain vs. Ceramic Veneers
Let’s talk veneers! What are they? What is the difference between them? Which kind is right for me?
A Custom-Made Smile
Do you feel self-conscious about your smile? Perhaps the color, size, or shape of your teeth are not as uniform or attractive as you would like. Dental veneers are a long-lasting way to create a beautiful, bright, and symmetrical smile. Gaps can disappear; chipped teeth can be made whole; discolored teeth can be lightened. Veneers are a wonderful way to restore your smile, but it can be confusing to know which type to choose.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to get a bespoke smile that will shine bright for years and years. They are more expensive than ceramic veneers, but they are very durable and will not stain over time. Porcelain veneers take a bit longer to install, and require a layer of enamel to be stripped from your existing teeth. Here are some quick facts about porcelain veneers:
- Will last 10-20+ years
- Stain resistant
- Better long-term investment
- Cannot be repaired if broken; must be replaced
Sometimes called ‘composite’ veneers, ceramic veneers are a more budget-friendly option, faster to install, and don’t require the enamel of your existing teeth to be stripped like porcelain veneers do. Made of a more porous material than porcelain veneers, ceramic veneers can stain over time.
Ceramic veneers are not as versatile as porcelain veneers, and won’t help with certain issues like significant gaps or pronounced discoloration. Ceramic veneers last about 5-7 years. Ceramic veneers at a glance:
- More affordable than porcelain veneers
- Last 5-7 years on average
- Installation is easier
- Not stain-resistant
Which is Right for Me?
The first step is to talk to your dentist. They’ll be able to recommend which type of veneer will suit your mouth and lifestyle best. If the cost isn’t prohibitive, porcelain veneers are most often recommended to patients. Since they are custom-built, they will fit your mouth better. They will also last much longer than porcelain veneers, and won’t stain with time. Porcelain veneers are a better long-term investment.
Transform Your Smile at Hardin Advanced Dentistry
Dr. Hardin has advised countless patients about the best veneers for their needs. An experienced cosmetic and general dentist, Dr. Hardin understands exactly how to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. For more information about which type of veneers can best enhance your smile, contact us today!