What’s the Difference Between Composite and Porcelain Veneers?

What’s the Difference Between Composite and Porcelain Veneers?

Composite veneers and porcelain veneers perform similar functions and are both effective for making cosmetic improvements to damaged teeth. There are a few differences to consider when deciding which type of dental veneer is best for you.

At Centerport Family and Implant Dentistry , our dentist, Dr. Benjamin Wang, and our team offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services at our office in Portland, Oregon.

What’s the difference between composite and porcelain veneers?

Composite and porcelain veneers are both an effective solution to common problems like chipped, cracked, crooked, gapped, or stained and discolored teeth. They can change the size, shape, and color of teeth so that your smile is more symmetrical and attractive. 

That said, there are a few key differences between composite and porcelain veneers to consider before you decide which option is best for you.


Composite veneers are made from resin material that is applied directly onto the tooth and molded into the right size and shape. Porcelain veneers are made out of a thin, translucent porcelain material that gets bonded onto the surface of the tooth. Both materials are designed to match the color of your teeth for a natural-looking finish. Composite veneers are removable, while porcelain veneers are more permanent.

How long they last

Composite veneers are a great option if you need a quick fix for mild to moderate damage like chips, cracks, or stains. You can get a composite veneer applied in one day, and the average composite veneer can last from 5 to 10 years, or longer in some cases. 

Porcelain veneers are custom-designed and require taking an impression of your teeth and several appointments, but they’re a more long-term solution for fixing cosmetic damage or making over your smile. Unlike composite veneers, porcelain veneers are designed to last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.


The resin used to make composite veneers is less expensive than porcelain, so composite veneers usually cost less than porcelain ones. However, composite veneers are typically less durable than porcelain, so you may have to replace them after a few years.

The process

Composite veneers can be applied on the day of your visi directly onto the tooth. Porcelain veneers are custom-designed so you will have to make more than one appointment, and they also usually require removing a thin layer of enamel from the tooth to ensure a smooth and natural-looking finish. 

While porcelain veneers are a more long-term commitment, composite veneers are easier to remove and replace since they require less prep work and have a shorter shelf life than porcelain veneers.

When you’re ready to fix a damaged tooth or make cosmetic improvements to your smile, Dr. Wang and our team will go over your options with you and make recommendations based on your goals and individual circumstances.

For more information about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry services, contact Centerport Family and Implant Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. 

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