Which Types of Veneers to Choose: Porcelain or Resin?

Here you are going to understand what porcelain and resin veneers are, who should wear them, and the general advantages and disadvantages of each.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are worn by patients who need to conceal some of the flaws in their natural denture. They are basically made after a mold of the inside of the mouth has been taken, so as to fit perfectly. They are also informally called dental porcelain “laminates”.

Basically, these types of veneers are extra thin, and they are like slips that resemble the tooth, and they are secured to the teeth with the help of a professional gel, which is light activated. Porcelain veneers are used to improve the aesthetics of the teeth, and in order to protect an already damaged tooth surface (for example, teeth that are chipped or cracked).

Porcelain veneers only improve the appearance of the discolored/ tinted/ yellowish hued teeth, but they will not strengthen your teeth. Their role is purely aesthetic. Sometimes, they are used for people who have large gaps between the teeth, in order to conceal them.

These types of veneers are applied quickly; however the molding and manufacturing process will take around 2 weeks. For patients who are struggling with gum disease, it is totally prohibited the application of porcelain veneers, at least until their gums heal perfectly. This is a permanent procedure, so make sure you acknowledge this before your dentist applies them to your teeth.

The Resin Veneers

Resin veneers are made out of a material that resembles clay in its structure, and then they are bonded to your teeth. One of the first disadvantages of resin veneers, are that they will stain much faster than the porcelain ones.

Then, in order to be able to apply them to your teeth, your dentist will have to partly remove the natural enamel of your tooth where the veneer is applied. Dentists worldwide agree that resin veneers are not fashionable anymore, but they are also not practical at all. Indeed, they cost much cheaper than porcelain, and they can be applied much faster; but these are the only two advantages.

Resin veneers are basically advisable for people who don’t respond well to laser treatments or bleaching methods. Even though opting for resin veneers might be a more affordable option, they are also less durable. Porcelain veneers also look more natural and lustrous than simple resin.

These composite resin veneers can be attached extremely quickly to the teeth, as soon as the material is hardened (around 60 minutes). One very important thing to keep in mind though is that porcelain veneers will keep around 10 to 15 years on average, while resin veneers have a lifetime of 5 years only.

If you have decided that you would like to make your smile more beautiful, and would like to apply veneers, make sure to discuss with your dentist all the details. Most probably, he will redirect you towards the option of porcelain veneers, because they are more durable, better looking and they last three times as much as the composite resin veneers.