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Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers

Composite Resin Veneers vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which is Best?

Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you cringe at the thought of having to smile in photos or when greeting new people? You’re not alone. Countless individuals across Auckland, NZ wish they could improve the look of their smile.

At Northmed Dental, Dr AJ Salman and his team of compassionate and experienced dental professionals help patients regain their confidence to smile again, giving them a picture perfect smile they can be proud of.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are essentially thin shells made from porcelain or composite resin bonded to the front teeth. These ‘shells’ are uniquely designed to the patient’s specifications, from the shape of their mouth and teeth, to the desired colour and shading. This makes veneers one of the most versatile, affordable and effective ways to restore the aesthetic beauty of a patient’s smile.

Veneers are available in two types of material: porcelain and composite resin. A talented dentist such as Dr AJ Salman at Northmed Dental can do wonders with each, but both have their own unique qualities, pros and cons.

Which is best for you? Let’s take a closer look at the potential benefits and downsides of each.

Composite Veneers

Benefits of Composite Veneers

  • The most cost-effective option (less expensive than porcelain)
  • Typically requires just a single dental visit
  • Visually pleasing outcome

Downsides of Composite Veneers

  • Customising colours to the exact shade a patient wants is less precise, with composite veneers matched to a set of pre-determined shades of white/ivory.
  • Sometimes they require more maintenance than porcelain veneers.
  • Generally last between 4-8 years (less durable than porcelain veneers).
  • Porous material means that there is a greater chance of staining.

Porcelain Veneers

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • The veneer’s colour can be precisely customised to exactly what the patient desires.
  • The most durable, lasting up to 10 years with proper maintenance.
  • Better resistance to stains.
  • Reflects light similar to natural teeth, giving a glistening glow.
  • Looks the most ‘natural’ look.

Downsides of Porcelain Veneers

  • Can require at least two dental visits to complete.
  • Is more costly than composite material.

Have More Questions About Porcelain or Composite Veneers?

At Northmed Dental, Dr AJ Salman and his team are dedicated to helping Auckland, NZ area residents achieve a smile they will love. Don’t suffer through another day hiding your pearly whites in photographs and when meeting new people. Let us help you smile wide and proud with a set of veneers that helps you look as good as you feel.

Reach out today for an appointment and one of our caring team members will make sure you get the help you need.