Composite Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers – Which One is Right for You?

Do you want to make your smile stand out from the crowd? Well, we are to help! There are multiple cosmetic dentistry options for you to choose from in order to transform your smile – composite veneers and porcelain veneers. We know they are confusing, but this blog has key differences explained to help you.

Composite Veneers

A composite veneer is basically bonding a composite resin to the frontal surface of your tooth to make its shape and color better, which results in a more appealing smile. The best part is that the bonding material used matches the color of your real tooth.

As said earlier, with a wide variety of shades available, your dentist can customize the color to match your natural teeth seamlessly. By carefully molding and shaping the composite, we can create a uniform smile that you’ll love.

Porcelain Veneers

Next up are porcelain veneers. They are custom-made for your teeth; first, an impression is taken, and then veneers will be created in a dental laboratory using the mold.

Usually, the process takes about 2 weeks or more. These thin shells of porcelain are then glued on the superficial layer of your front teeth, concealing any imperfections behind them.

The veneers are designed to slightly overlap the edges of your teeth, ensuring a secure fit and hiding the margins. Similar to composite veneers, porcelain veneers are used to alter the size, shape, and shade of your natural teeth.

Composite Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers – The Difference

Now that you have a basic understanding, it is time to address the differences between these two:


Composite veneers are applied in a single dental visit, making them a quicker and easier option. In contrast, porcelain veneers require a minimum of two visits, too, spaced two weeks apart.


Porcelain veneers can easily last for about 10 to 20 years with proper care, while composite veneers have a total lifespan of 7 to 10 years.


Porcelain veneers vs. composite veneers have a more natural appearance due to their translucent properties. This allows them to reflect light just like your natural teeth. Composite resin veneers look good but do not match the natural look with the same level of accuracy.


Initially, porcelain veneers are more expensive; however, composite veneers may require more frequent repairs or replacements, evening out the cost overall.

When are Veneers Recommended?

You qualify for getting veneers in the following cases.

  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Stained teeth that do not show changes to teeth whitening treatments
  • Shortened teeth due to wear
  • Teeth with noticeable gaps between them

Closing Note

Remember, taking care of your veneers is an investment of a lifetime. Get in touch with experts from Nimmi Shine Dental for more information on Veneers available in San Diego. Dial (858) 999-8550 to get in touch with us right away.

Dr. Joseph Mara

Dr. Joseph Mara

For more than 19 years, Dr. Joseph Mara has been a leading dentist in San Diego, providing affordable, gentle, and honest dental care. Driven by a commitment to patient’s trust and satisfaction, he undergoes continuous education and specialized training in oral implantology and endodontics. At his practice – Nimmi Shine Dental, convenience and comfort are paramount. Utilizing advanced technology such as the Vatech PaX-i3D Scanner and Computer Guided Implant Surgery, the clinic emphasizes efficiency and overall patient well-being. Call us today at (858) 999-8550 to schedule a consultation with our expert dentist.


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