Porcelain Vs. Composite Veneers

Dental veneers are an extremely common cosmetic dentistry solution to improving the appearance of your smile. There are two types material and procedure options when it comes to dental veneer.

Composite Veneers: where a composite resin resembling natural tooth is bonded to the existing tooth, helping to adjust the size, shape and colour of unsightly teeth.

Porcelain Veneers: where custom made thin shells of tooth coloured porcelain are bonded securely to the front of existing teeth, giving cosmetic dentists the ability to mask the appearance of damaged, crooked or discoloured teeth.

If you think dental veneers could be a procedure you’re interested in, you may need to consider if porcelain or composite veneers are right for you…


Composite veneers refer to a cosmetic dental bonding using a tooth-coloured composite resign applied and shaped directly onto the tooth.

The procedure itself generally involves etching of the tooth to create a better bonding surface, before the composite resign is applied to the tooth, sculptured to the desired appearance, and hardened with a curing light. The resin can be used to fill in gaps between teeth, mask discoloration and improve the shape and size of teeth.

This procedure differs from porcelain veneers in a number of ways…

Procedure – At Advanced Dental Artistry, Perth, the entire procedure can be completed in one dental visit.

Cost – The cost of composite resin bonding is less expensive than porcelain veneers, because the entire process is done in office, in one sitting.

Results – the composite resin is not as durable or long lasting as dental porcelain, meaning dental bonding material may wear or discolour. Follow-up treatment may need to be performed more frequently.


Generally considered superior to improvements made with composite resin, porcelain veneers retain a realistic translucence that mimics the appearance of natural teeth.

Unlike composite veneers, the porcelain veneer procedure generally stretches out over two visits.

During the first visit we…

  • Prepare the surface of tooth or teeth for porcelain attachment.
  • Take a tooth impression, to manufacture precise porcelain veneers.
  • At Advanced Dental Artistry Perth, we use latest Digital Smile Design technology to determine the correct shape and place of your smile on your face.

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We also employ an in-house dental ceramist, to construct your porcelain veneers between your first and second visit. Having this professional service in-house ensures highest standard cosmetic dentistry.

Whilst you wait to have your custom made veneers constructed, and then attached during the second appointment, we can attach temporary veneers to in the meantime.

Porcelain veneers can last up to 15-20 years, and are highly resistant to stains, maintaining their visual effect without follow-up treatments for many years.

When it comes to choosing porcelain vs. composite veneers, there are a number of factors to consider. If you have a minor flaw on one tooth, you may be better suited to a minor composite resin bonding, while patients with more noticeable flaws across multiple teeth may be best reconstructing their smile with porcelain veneers.

To find out which treatment best suits you, contact Dr. Adrian Kat and the team at Advanced Dental Artistry, and take advantage of our complimentary first consultation.

In the meantime, check out some of the dental veneer success stories from Advanced Dental Artistry on our YouTube channel, including Adie, Robyn and Brad!

















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