Are All Veneers Made of Porcelain, or Are There Other Options?

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Are All Veneers Made of Porcelain, or Are There Other Options?

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Generally when we speak about veneers we are typically referring to "porcelain veneers". Veneer really means "to cover or change the front or outside". It is possible to have composite veneers, but generally that is referred to as bonding.

There are a number of types of porcelain veneers-that's where a great cosmetic dentist is necessary. Let them know what you want to change in your smile and tell them about what your concerns are. Then the cosmetic dentist can help guide you to the right veneer option to create those results.

One of the concerns I have in cosmetic dentistry is that too many brands get promoted and it is confusing to patients about what to realistically expect. Send some time thinking about what change you want and what your expectations are, and then instead of researching veneers, spend some extra time really studying cosmetic dentists. Look for before and after photos. Look for someone who looks like you. Study the result, look for reviews. Use all of this together to make your final choice. 

A solid partnership with the right cosmetic dentist will create the results you are dreaming of!

Options to Porcelain veneers

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Material wise, for a veneer, porcelain is by far the best such that doing any other type of veneer is not wise.  However, it is possible to bond teeth with white filling for a less expensive but quite esthetic result if a lower cost alternative is being sought.  It will not last as long as porcelain though but requires less shaving of the tooth surface.

Veneers work & look best in Porcelain

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Perhaps you are asking about brands of porcelain that are sometimes advertised?  As already mention, porcelain is the best material to make veneers out of.  There really is no good alternative.  However, there are different types of porcelain and different "brand" names.  A great cosmetic dentist will be familiar with all options, and choose the one best suited to your existing smile/color, bite & cosmetic goals.  Be leery of a Dentist who does not use, or is aware of different types of porcelain.  As most things in life, one size does not fit all.  Good Luck and wishing you a Happy, Healthy Smile!

Madeleinne Zapantis, DMD
Long Island Dentist

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What is veneers made of

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Veneers can be made out of composite  resin or porcelain . Porcelain ones are the best.

Soheyla Marzvaan, DDS
Orange County Dentist

Porcelain is the best material for porcelain

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As you can see from the replies, porcelain is the best (esthetic and longevity) for veneers.

The less expensive alternative is to do direct bondings (resin). This can be very esthetic looking as well but requires a talented dentist since it is done by hand directly on the teeth. Bondings may need more maintenace due to chipping or dulling. This may require re polishing, repair or replacing. Porcelain veneers are generally more color stable and stronger. They can also be made more translucent creating a very natural look.

In theory, you could also do lab fabricated resin veneers. This will cut down on the lab cost a bit, but if you are going through the time and trouble of preparing the teeth and taking an impression to send to the lab, then you might as well go with porcelain since the cost savings would not be significant.

Hope this helps

Dr. T

Mauricio C. Tijerino, DMD
Miami Beach Dentist

Options of Materials for Veneers

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There are different types of porcelain for veneers but it is by far the best material for veneers.  If your budget does not allow for veneers, bonding can be a lower cost alternative in many cases.  You have to realize it will not last as long as veneers and depending on your smile concerns, may not be able to accomplish the same result as veneers.

Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite

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There are different brands of porcelain with variations in properties (feldspathic or pressed, etc) and different kids of composite (indirect heat processed, direct resin, etc).

The longest lasting and most life-like are the porcelains and most (if not all) experienced cosmetic dentists only offer the porcelain.  In my office, composite veneers are only done as a temporary solution with a clear understanding that  they are not durable and may not last as long as predicted (guessed for a year, lasted 3 months).

Most patients, if investing in a smile using veneers, will choose porcelain, as they do not want to do the case over anytime soon.

Are all veneers made of porcelain?

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Veneers are made of a number of different materials although porcelain will last the longest and look the most realistic.  You can also have veneers made of composite which will need to be changed a little more often. 

Leonard Tau, DMD
Philadelphia Dentist
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Quality veneers are made of Porcelain

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Most veneers are made of porcelain.

Some are made of plastic or resin, but porcelain is stronger and more esthetic.  I don’t provide plastic, and don’t know any cosmetic dentists that do.

I would say the options to porcelain for veneers are not existent, but there may be options to veneers themselves  depending on the condition of your teeth and what you are trying to achieve.


Steve Alper, DMD
New York Dentist

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