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What is the difference between Composite and Porcelain Veneers?

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Bonding, or ‘composite veneers’ can be used to close gaps between teeth, fill in chips and cracks in teeth or make over a smile. Composite resin veneers can be applied in one day, last 4 ­ 8 years, and require maintenance (they chip). The cost is less ­ about half of a Porcelain Restoration. Porcelain Veneers are more durable, last 12­25 years and rarely require maintenance. Both can be used for a variety of esthetic situations and results can be amazing. Composite is essentially a reinforced plastic. With today’s technology it is much stronger and more aesthetic than ever before. However, it can wear under pressure, and it is not as stain resistant or color stable as porcelain. Porcelain veneers yield a truer color, a much longer lasting finish, do not fracture as readily, and are better aesthetically. Porcelain veneers are made in a lab and take 2­21 days to complete (depending on clinic visited) whereas the composite veneers are bonded directly onto your teeth without any specific preparation. Composite veneers usually only take 1­2 days to complete. Further information about <a href='http://www.dentaldepartures.com/article/procedures/How-veneers-can-give-you-a-smile-make-over'>composite veneers</a> is located in our <a href='http://www.dentaldepartures.com/article/'>articles section</a>.

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