March 19, 2021

If you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your smile, then dental veneers are an excellent cosmetic option. There are two types: composite veneers and porcelain veneers. Both are set to achieve the desired effect of a healthier, attractive smile, however there are one or two differences between them to take into consideration when determining which type of veneer is right for you.

At Ten Dental + Facial, we offer our patients FREE comprehensive consultations that will allow us to assess the best treatment option to improve your smile.

So, to help, here is a guide on composite and porcelain veneers.


Appearance and Procedure Time

Composite veneers are a minimally-invasive tooth covering made from composite resin. This is made to match the natural colour of your tooth, usually for correcting chipped, misaligned or discoloured teeth. It is applied in layers and sculpted directly in your mouth, then finally polished to a high shine – all done in one visit.  

Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit the entire front surface of your teeth, and are very life-like in appearance in comparison to composites because of their translucent qualities. These are manufactured in a dental lab after a dental impression is created. Sometimes, depending on the original condition of your teeth, the enamel may need to be trimmed to accommodate the veneer. It can take up to 6 weeks before the final veneers are ready.



Composite veneers have an average lifespan of 4 – 7 years, and is more likely in need of replacing or repairing frequently as they are prone to chipping. In addition, composite veneers are less stain resistant to foods and drink such as red wine or coffee, as well as the yellowing effects of smoking.

On the other hand, porcelain veneers are very durable and can last between 9 – 15 years, with proper oral hygiene care and maintenance. However, one thing to be mindful of is that, if damaged, it must be replaced as it cannot be so easily repaired like composites. Porcelain material is also not as porous and has a sealed surface that prevents staining or liquids from penetrating.



Finally, there is quite a difference in cost between composite veneers and porcelain veneers. Typically, porcelain veneers are more expensive when taking into consideration of resources, materials and timing, but individual cases do vary. At Ten Dental + Facial, we will always give you a firm written quotation once you’ve had your consultation.

Whilst initially composite veneers are cheaper, if you have to replace/repair composite veneers often, this could be even more costly over time.


Final verdict

Overall, they both have their advantages and disadvantages, but it will ultimately depend on your goals, requirements, budget and convenience. Talking to a cosmetic dental professional is the best way of deciding which is better for you and your smile.


Book an appointment

To discuss more about your cosmetic dentistry options and our dental veneer treatment, contact your nearest London dental clinic now in WandsworthBalham or Clapham.