porcelain veneers

Porcelain vs Composite Veneers: Which Is Better?

Find yourself hiding your smile because of crooked, chipped or discoloured teeth? Veneers are a great way to achieve a brighter and more confident smile.

There are two types of dental veneers: composite and porcelain. Composite veneers use resin to sculpt your teeth into their desired shape. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that fit over your teeth.

Crafted correctly by experienced dentists like ours, both kinds of veneers can help you achieve a stunning but natural-looking smile.

Here at Millersneuk Dental Practice, we mill our own veneers in-house. That means veneers are custom-made for you, without extensive waiting times.

Deciding which treatment to go for should depend on a number of factors.



Both treatments are designed to help you achieve a natural-looking smile.


Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are so thin that you can often see through them before they are attached. They come in different shades, which you can select with your dentists before work begins to create them. Sometimes, porcelain veneers are associated with looking unnatural. This only ever happens if the wrong shapes and shades are selected, so make sure you’re working with an experienced dentist who can show you examples of their previous work.



Composite veneers

The resin used in composite veneer treatments is colour matched to your natural teeth. The resin is then expertly sculpted, before it is hardened and polished, giving your new teeth a life-like, beautiful appearance.


Durability and price

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting, with a lifespan of 10 to 20 years. As the treatment requires removing a part of the tooth surface, the procedure is irreversible. This also means that they are more expensive compared to composite veneers.



Composite veneers

While composite veneers can be cheaper, they do have to be refreshed frequently, as the resin material is not as strong as porcelain. They can be replaced as they require less or no enamel removal.

That does mean that if you would prefer to remove composite veneers in the future, you can. If you’re a fan of Love Island’s Molly Mae, you might have seen that she recently had her veneers removed. They were composite veneers: it wouldn’t have been possible for her to reverse the procedure had she opted for porcelain.

At Millersneuk Dental Practice, we offer a range of payment options to make both treatments accessible. To find out which payment plan you qualify for, click here.


Number of visits

Porcelain veneers

For porcelain veneer treatments you’ll need to visit your dentist two to three times to prepare and make sure permanent veneers fit properly. You will also need to wear temporary veneers while your permanent ones are created (as we will our veneers in-house, this reduces the waiting time).



Composite veneers

Composite veneers treatments can be accomplished in one visit.


Which one should you go for?

The dental veneer treatment you should go for depends on your specific circumstances. Keep in mind your preferences for appearance, durability, price and treatment time when making your decision.

When consulting with one of our dental experts, we can help you decide on the treatment that’s best suited to you.


Next steps

Book a FREE video consultation today to discuss a treatment plan.