Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Bonding

Composite bonding, also known as resin bonding or composite dental veneers, are a fast and common technique dentists can use to restore a damaged tooth, and in some cases to change the appearance of existing teeth. Composite bonding may normally cost less than porcelain veneers up front, however the benefits of opting for porcelain restorations may outweigh the short-term benefits of the reduced cost of composite resin.

Composite Resin: Pros and Cons

  • Cost – It may be more affordable than a porcelain veneer;
  • Longevity – Composite veneers usually need to be redone around the 5 year mark, as they can discolour and stain more easily than porcelain.
  • Quick – The composite is bonded directly in the mouth by the dentist, usually in one visit.
  • Not every dentist can do it well. Whilst many dentists offer composite bonding as a service, only highly skilled and experienced practitioners can shape and layer composite resin to create natural looking, aesthetically pleasing smiles. Unlike with porcelain veneers, the overall smile is not designed with the assistance an experienced dental ceramist who understands dento-facial aesthetics.
  • Staining – Composite resin stains much more easily than porcelain.
  • Colour matching – Composite bonding may not appear seemless, and over time as natural teeth may discolour or whiten at a different rate to the composite resin. Porcelain Veneers on the other hand cover the entire outward surface of the tooth, creating an even coverage of colour that will not stain or discolour easily.