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Composite Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers


If you are looking for a full smile makeover the good news is there are multiple treatments available to suit every patient, however it can be overwhelming looking at the options! At Northway Dental Maghull we offer free initial consultations to discuss your needs and the potential treatment plans to suit you, whether it that involves subtle tweaks for a natural result or full Hollywood-style pearly whites!

A full smile makeover can typically involve a range of cosmetic treatments including teeth-straightening, replacing missing teeth, whitening, veneers or bonding. Porcelain veneers have become increasingly popular over the last few years as a treatment particularly favoured by celebrities. Here we discuss the differences between porcelain and composite veneers.

What are veneers?

Veneers are custom-made, thin, tooth-shaped shells that sit on top of your natural teeth. There are two types made out of two different materials: porcelain and composite resin.

Veneers can be used to change the height, width, shape and colour of your teeth, for example to fill gaps, create more uniform sized teeth, cover staining or general wear and tear for a complete smile makeover.

Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Veneers

There are pros and cons to both treatments! Only by visiting a dental professional will you be able to understand which treatment is best for your individual case, however we have broken down the main differences to think about.

Porcelain Veneers last 10-20 years with good care, whereas composite veneers last 5-7 years with good care.

Porcelain Veneers require irreversible changes to your natural teeth; some of the surface of your teeth will have to be filed down to prepare for the veneer to be bonded. With Composite Veneers the rein is applied to your natural teeth, preserving your natural smile underneath with no damage.

Porcelain Veneers are especially strong and stain-resistant, whereas Composite Veneers can break down quicker and suffer from staining, depending on how well you look after them! Composite resin cannot be whitened; dental professionals recommend it is time to replace your composite if too much staining occurs.

Cost-effectiveness; porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers, however it is worth bearing in mind that they last much longer, and will need replacing less often.


Composite Veneers are the minimally evasive, low commitment option that preserves your natural smile, however the costs can rise with replacements over time and they can become stained. Porcelain Veneers are long-lasting and stain-resistant however they represent a lifetime commitment. The only time porcelain veneers should be removed is to have new veneers fitted as the work to your natural teeth is irreversible.

Another option is composite-edge bonding, for more information about composite veneers vs composite edge bonding visit our blog:

If you would like to feel more confident in your smile and aren’t sure what the best option is for you, book a free consultation by calling 0151 526 2701 or visit

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