Posted: March 17, 2021
If you want to correct cosmetic imperfections for a straighter and brighter smile, dental veneers are an excellent option. We bond these thin shells of white-colored material to the front of your teeth for an instant transformation.
Before moving forward with this treatment, it’s important to realize that not all dental veneers are created equal. Here are some key differences between porcelain veneers and composite veneers:
- Longevity: Porcelain veneers are known to offer long-lasting results. Many patients go 15-20 years without having to think about replacing them. Composite resin veneers, on the other hand, require more frequent maintenance. You may start to notice signs of wear on your composite veneers after a few short years.
- Durability: Porcelain veneers are quite durable because they are made of a medical-grade ceramic material. They hold up to daily wear and tear while also repelling stains from food and drink. Meanwhile, the resin material of composite veneers is far more vulnerable to damage and discoloration.
- Appearance: Because porcelain veneers mimic the translucent and reflective properties of real tooth enamel, they are able to provide incredibly natural results. Composite veneers fall short of imitating these beautiful qualities, leaving patients with a flatter and less dynamic look.
- Cost: You'll pay more upfront for porcelain veneers due to factors such as the high-quality material and the cost of having them customized by a dental lab. Composite veneers are cheaper to apply but repairing and replacing them could end up costing you more over time.
As you can see, dental veneers made out of porcelain have many advantages over composite resin ones. That explains why they’re one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments in America every year. It’s also why we choose to offer them to our patients in Oakton!
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation Today
Dr. Michael Chung is an LVI-trained cosmetic dentist who has helped countless patients achieve their smile goals with porcelain veneers. Schedule a consultation at 703-319-6990 to find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment. Softouch Dental Care proudly serves McLean, Oakton, Vienna, and nearby areas of Northern Virginia.