Composite veneers vs porcelain veneers – which is best?

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Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

Dental veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth. Composite resin and porcelain are the most common materials used. But which one is right for you?


While composite veneers have lots of things going for them, durability isn’t top of the list. Porcelain veneers last longer for several reasons.

Porcelain is a far stronger material and your natural teeth are re-shaped to fit the veneer, giving it a seamless look. Composite veneers are shaped and polished directly onto your teeth. While they are quicker to apply, they are less durable long-term.


Porcelain veneers have a translucent appearance that looks more like real teeth. This comes down to the way they are made and the different features of the material. So if a more natural appearance is important to you, then porcelain is going to be a better option.

Wear and tear

Porcelain is a very strong material, which is why porcelain veneers are known to chip less than composite veneers. So if you’re careful with what you eat, you’ll tend to worry less about wear and tear with porcelain.


Staining or colour change is another big consideration when choosing a veneer. Coffee, tea and red wine are some of the big culprits when it comes to stain-causing food and drink. Again, porcelain is highly resistant to staining, so would be a better choice if this is a worry for you. If you go for a composite, you might need to change your diet to avoid certain foods.


Many factors contribute to the price of veneers. Porcelain and composite veneers are made differently using differently materials. While you might pay less initially for composite veneers, they may only last half as long and not look as real as porcelain.

Porcelain and composite veneers comparison

Composite veneers

Range in price from $495 - $995 per tooth.



Pros - more cost effective, less invasive, reversable.



Cons – less durable, less life-like, more prone to chips and stains. 


Porcelain veneers


Range in price from $595 - $3000 per tooth.


Pros - more durable, more stain and chip resistant, more life-like.



Cons – cost more up-front, initial treatment may take longer.


An experienced cosmetic dentist can advise you on whether veneers are an option for you. They will also give you options based on your specific needs and budget. Ask your about your personal situation today.

Dr Dennis Kwon is a Gold Coast local who graduated from Dentistry at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Although Dennis was born in Sydney, he is of Korean heritage and fluent in reading, speaking and writing Korean. While Dennis enjoys all aspects of dentistry, he has a special passion in oral surgery, crown and bridge, TMJ and children’s dentistry. He is a motivated, thorough and confident aspiring to make every patient feel comfortable and deliver them a healthy and beautiful smile. When he is not at work, Dennis loves going to the movies, singing, is training in several martial arts and has even represented at a national level.