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Veneers – should you opt for Composite or Ceramic?

I understand that going to the dentist can sometimes be a little daunting. That explanations of treatment plans and benefits can sometimes be too much to digest at an appointment. Whilst I will continue to provide written treatment plans I wanted to arm both my patients, and future patients, with information prior to booking an appointment with me or any of the team. I am therefore writing this article to explain the differences and benefits between composite and ceramic veneers.

But first what are Veneers?

Veneers, in very simple terms, is a layer (sometimes referred to as caps or shells) that are attached to the front of teeth. The aim of this is to:

  • Improve appearance; and

  • to protect teeth from sustaining further damage.

But why do we offer two different materials?

My patients are to be able to make a choice on the materials I use. But having an understand of the key differences can be a great help in deciding what to move forward with. That is why I offer two options when it comes to veneers:

  • Composite; and

  • Ceramic

Both of these materials are different – not just in price but also on the visuals and longevity too.

This image shows patients' teeth before and after treatment with ceramic veneers:

And here is a patient's smile before and after treatment with composite veneers:


In my opinion, both composite and ceramic veneers offer an improved visual. This in turn assists in achieving a well deserved smile. It can also help with confidence.

With either form of veneer, you do not have to worry about the colour. Veneers can be coloured to suit your smile – whether that's to match your other teeth or to offer improved whiteness.

Materials and longevity

Composite veneers are made from a type of plastic or resin whereas ceramic veneers are made of porcelain. Due to the material used in ceramics, being much stronger, in turn, they can last up to twice as long. This is course is dependent on how well you take care of your teeth after treatment.

Typically speaking composite veneers are used for minor improvements. Whereas ceramic veneers tend to be used in scenarios where more than “minor” improvement is needed.


As mentioned above often ceramic veneers are used for larger jobs. But some of my patients do opt to use ceramic veneers for minor improvement. Whilst the cost is typically around double, due to the time dedicated to the procedure as well as the cost of materials, the longevity of the materials used is often a deciding factor for patients.


Another factor to consider, when deciding on materials, is the timings involved. This in itself is a hard question to answer, primarily because no two patients' treatment plans will be the same. Treatment area, access, availability, the condition of surrounding teeth and so on will dictate the length of the procedure and the time it takes the manufacture the veneers.

I appreciate that once you have settled on perfecting your smile you are eager to achieve this. This is why I do my best to ensure that no matter what procedure you are having you are kept updated. But I Do also have to factor in the health of your existing teeth. Teeth do need to have a certain level of health and as such unhealthy teeth may require treatment prior to the fitting of veneers. However with that being said I respect your time and am transparent with the timings involved in your consultation.

Generally speaking, ceramic ventures do take longer to manufacture but the increased time is minor. Ceramic veneers can offer a much better form of protection for your teeth. This is due to them lasting longer and the material being stronger. But I want you to make the decision on materials and I hope this article assists you in making that decision.

If you have any questions about this article please do reach out to me. Alternatively, you can book an appointment directly via the website – this can be done via the home page.

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