What’s the difference between Porcelain and Composite Veneers?

If you want to brighten, straighten and improve your smile, veneers are an excellent solution! There are two common types of dental veneers: porcelain and composite – however the procedure and materials are vastly different.

Although porcelain veneers are more natural in appearance and generally last a lot longer, people often opt for composite veneers as a quicker and often cheaper treatment option – but there are drawbacks in using composite resin which can include longevity, their ability to resist staining, and complete reliance on the technical and artistic skills of the treating dentist.

So, what are the key differences between composite veneers (also known as composite bonding) and the latest GlamSmile ultra-thin porcelain veneer technology?

GlamSmile ultra-thin veneers are custom designed porcelain restorations that are bonded to the outer surfaces of your teeth, improving the shape, colour, and appearance. Each veneer is carefully designed by a team of ceramists and technicians in partnership with the dentist using a 3D using a scan of your teeth to ensure a precision fit and harmonious appearance. Composite veneers on the other hand are completely the realm of just one dentist, who must rely on their technical and artistic skills alone to carefully hand layer and shape the composite resin over the outer surface and blend with the natural teeth. To apply a very thin layer of composite over the teeth and achieve a harmonious shape and finish that is not bulky or unnatural requires a great deal of experience and knowledge.

 GlamSmile veneers are made of stain-resistant porcelain called ‘emax’. This specially developed ceramic material has lustrous optical properties that catch and refract the light similar to natural teeth. Despite recent improvements in composite resin materials, composite veneers can still often look much flatter, opaque and less natural than porcelain. They are also prone to becoming dull and losing their shine over time and are more easily prone to staining. 

In the past, composite veneers were much generally the most cost-effective and time-efficient method for improving the shape and colour of teeth and could be completed in one visit. Thanks to GlamSmile’s precision veneers and minimally-invasive smile design, treatment does not require heavy teeth reduction as required in the past with porcelain veneers – and can be safely bonded over teeth in as little as one hour.

You may think of porcelain as fragile, but once an ultra-thin porcelain veneer is strongly bonded to your existing tooth, much like a bathroom tile stuck to solid wall, it is reinforced by the strength of the underlying tooth, allowing a thin layer to to easily cover imperfections and improve the entire colour and shape of a smile. With proper care, GlamSmile porcelain veneers can last for 10 – 20 years. Composite veneers on the other hand are prone to chipping, disintegration and staining; and generally require replacement every 4 to 6 years to retain an acceptable aesthetic appearance.

In the past, composite veneers cost significantly less than porcelain veneers. Thanks to GlamSmile you can transform your smile with high-quality, customised porcelain veneers at a cost much closer to what dentists generally quote for composite resin bonding.


Why Choose GlamSmile?

GlamSmile is Australia’s leading network of minimally-invasive cosmetic dentists. Here is why we are the leaders safer, cost-effective smile makeovers:

  • We use the latest techniques developed by leading aesthetic dentists
  • We can quickly improve the appearance of your tooth size, shape and colour
  • We follow a philosophy of minimal tooth preparation to maintain the integrity of your healthy teeth
  • The procedure is comfortable and minimally-invasive, unlike traditional porcelain veneers
  • We are able to achieve results in as little as two short appointments
  • We ensure durability, longevity, optimal oral health and function
  • Our dentists offer tailored repayment options to suit most budgets
  • We appreciate that no two smiles are the same and are here to help you meet your individual goals

Our mission is to help everyone, no matter their background, achieve the perfect smile!

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Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry

In the past, most of us could only have dreamed of being able to afford porcelain veneers. Now, thanks to GlamSmile everyone can have that perfectly straight, white Hollywood smile!

Our unique treatment approach was established on the principle of making cosmetic dentistry financially accessible for more people. Using the latest technological advancements, GlamSmile procedures allow our partner dentists to preserve healthy tissue and deliver impressive results all with minimal downtime, discomfort and cost.

Since 2008, our carefully selected network of dental experts have used stunning GlamSmile porcelain veneers to transform thousands of Aussie smiles at a fraction of the cost other dentists charge for traditional porcelain veneers.


How does GlamSmile compare to the cost of composite veneers?

You may have read that composite veneer cost less – whilst this might be true at the outset, what is often overlook is the likelihood that composite veneers need to replaced and/or repaired over time. GlamSmile offer a high-quality, natural looking and long-lasting solution while at a more realistic fee.

Your GlamSmile dentist will provide you with a complete treatment plan and quote for your veneers to consider before you commit to any treatments – so you have complete peace of mind and fully-informed financial consent. Contact a GlamSmile certified provider to obtain a personalised treatment plan with one of our dentists.

You will be surprised at how affordable dental veneers cost thanks to GlamSmile.

Minimally-Invasive Technology

At GlamSmile, your satisfaction, safety and comfort is always our priority. When you attend a GlamSmile participating clinic, you can rest assured you will receive the highest-quality dental work without the heavy tooth preparation and expense of traditional porcelain veneers.

Unlike traditional porcelain veneers which are much bulkier, the GlamSmile procedure does not require heavy tooth reduction, including unnecessary shaving, grinding, or removal of healthy tooth tissue. This safely maintains your healthy teeth beneath the veneers and ensures the procedure is much more comfortable and in most cases should not require anaesthetic.

Our dentists take the time to guide you through all available options based on your goals and budget. When you attend your appointment, the GlamSmile preparation, insert and bonding procedure can be completed in less than 1 hour – allowing our certified dentists to perform a full GlamSmile makeover in only two short visits!

This is how we have maintained our competitive edge as Australia’s most affordable, pain-free cosmetic dentists.

How it Works

The revolutionary GlamSmile cosmetic dentistry procedure utilises the latest advancements in technology for world-leading results.

Here’s what to expect:


Personalised Smile Design: A GlamSmile dentist will discuss your individual smile goals and assess your smile. If you are suitable for treatment, digital scans and photos of your teeth will be sent to GlamSmile to design your new smile.


Veneer Production: Your composite veneers will be crafted in the shade of your choice at a GlamSmile dental laboratory. Precision fabrication ensures each ultra-thin veneer is durable and will fit perfectly over your natural teeth.


Placement & Bonding: Your veneers are then strongly and safely bonded over your natural teeth without the destructive and unnecessary cutting back of healthy tooth tissue as traditionally required for porcelain veneers.