Do you know the differences in composite and porcelain veneers?

Written by: Dr. Ángel Silmi Macias
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment or remodeling of the teeth, with increasing demand. One of its main advantages is that it is a conservative treatment, since only prepared or not, depending on the case, the front of the tooth. Veneers are more required treatment in cosmetic dentistry versus full coverage crowns or orthodontics, since we get a major change in social and personal level in a short period of time.


Treatment of dental veneers

In dentistry veneers treatment is covered with a thin layer front face of the tooth or teeth to be treated. The aim is to give the tooth shape, color or position, or tooth cover injuries that do not want to see either a grayish tone for a root canal, color bands produced by drugs, cracks, fractures, diastema ( small space between teeth), and so on.

Also in some cases is required upon completion veneers other treatments, such as orthodontics, to get get a perfect smile that is only achieved by placing each tooth in place and proper occlusion.




Materials veneers

Veneers can be made from 2 materials:

  • Composite veneers in which virtually no grinding or touch to the tooth to be treated, so it is a more conservative treatment. In addition, you can easily tweak in case of breakage or coloring and placed in a single session, but sometimes need a second appointment to retouch. As disadvantages we can highlight the need for long-term maintenance, as they tend to slightly modify the color for food, beverages, mouthwashes, etc.. Moreover, over the years, they are more fragile and it is very difficult to get a "10" in aesthetics. They are used for minor changes since not alter tooth get not make big changes. And in cases of high demand aesthetics no longer a slightly opaque material which prevents light reflections making it difficult to get a good naturally, make it ideal for these cases treatment with porcelain veneers.


  • Porcelain veneers are applied in situations where it is necessary to change position, color, size, etc. Porcelain veneers are more aesthetic and are those used to achieve the much desired smile "10". Just they do not need maintenance because the porcelain is not altered in color, but if they fracture or must change something, you must repeat the entire treatment again because you can not add in parts. It takes at least two appointments for treatment, one for preparing the tooth, take impressions for sending to the laboratory and provisional place and another to place the final veneers.


The appropriate treatment for each case is valued between dentist and patient and according to the complaint, the aesthetics desired, the cost of treatment, among other criteria. In any case, the goal is to achieve a more attractive with the psychological, social and aesthetic benefits this brings smile.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Ángel Silmi Macias

Dr. Silmi Macías, backed by 18 years of experience, has one of the brightest curriculums in dentistry both nationally and internationally. He has worked for more than 12 years in the department of oral surgery at the Clinical Hospital of Madrid, and has its own clinic in the financial heart of the capital. He is a specialist in the field of implants, prostheses and oral surgery, and combines his professional work with teaching, besides giving master classes at festivals, conferences and universities, among others. From his experience and knowledge, it is requested in prestigious dental clinics for complex treatments. He is an expert consultant Nobel Blocare and member of the SEPES.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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