Not all of us are born with a perfect set of straight, pearly white teeth, and even if we are, accidents happen and cosmetically, our teeth might suffer!

Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, our dentists at Balmain Dentist can help you to achieve your dream smile through dental veneers.

Dental veneers are an ideal option to improve the aesthetic appeal of your teeth and smile, particularly if you are self-conscious about having stained, chipped, misaligned or gappy teeth.

If you’ve decided to invest in dental veneers in Sydney, the next question to ask is whether composite or porcelain veneers are the best option for you.

What is the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers?

There are two types of dental veneers – porcelain and composite. In short, porcelain veneers are shells of porcelain that are adhered to the front, outer-surface of a tooth, while composite veneers are created with resin, which is applied and shaped to the tooth.

Application Time

Composite veneers take less time to apply to the teeth, as they are created while you sit back in the dentist’s chair. Your dentist will match a shade of resin to the colour of your teeth, then apply, cure and polish the resin, creating a natural looking new smile in one visit.

Alternatively, porcelain veneers take at least two visits to craft and apply. This is because a mould of your teeth is required to create the thin, porcelain shells that make up the veneers.

During your first visit, a mould or impression of your teeth is taken and your dentist will apply temporary veneers for you to wear. At your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary veneers and bond the new porcelain veneers to your teeth using cement.


If you want the most natural looking smile, porcelain veneers are the best choice. Porcelain has translucent properties, which gives the veneers depth and the ability to mimic the way natural teeth catch and react to different light.

Although composite veneers can be colour matched perfectly to the shade of your teeth, the resin does not have the same natural appearance of porcelain.

Porcelain veneers are also incredibly stain resistant, which keeps your veneers looking natural and white. Unfortunately for composite veneers, the resin used is prone to staining, so pigmented foods and drinks may stain your bright smile.


When it comes to durability and longevity, you want your new veneers to last as long as possible.

You will be happy to know that porcelain veneers, with the right care and regular dental check-ups, will last between 10-15 years! Thanks to their stain-resistant properties, your veneers will keep their bright, white colour and appearance for the long haul too.

In comparison, composite veneers are less durable and may require replacing more often. It is worth noting that if you do suffer a crack or chip to your porcelain veneers, the veneer is not repairable, so you will need to have the entire veneer replaced. 


Due to the quick nature of the procedure, composite dental veneers in Sydney come with a lower cost – often half the cost of porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers do come with a higher overall cost; however, they also have a raft of additional benefits, including durability, stain resistance and natural appearance. 

How Can Balmain Dentist Help With Dental Veneers in Sydney

Dental veneers are a worthwhile investment to improve your smile and self-confidence.

Before you decide on whether composite veneers or porcelain veneers are for you, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons of both types with your dentist at Balmain Dentist.

Contact us to discuss your options for dental veneers in Sydney today!

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