Porcelain veneers are what are called indirect restorations meaning they are made outside the mouth. In contrast, composite resin veneers are direct restorations because the composite resin is applied directly to the tooth surfaces. Although slightly more expensive, porcelain veneers are hard-wearing and long-lasting, and with the right care, should last ten years or longer. Also, porcelain cannot stain or change shade.
Composite resin veneers are cheaper, and the process to make and fit them is usually quicker, typically completed in a single visit. In contrast, porcelain veneers can take two or more visits. However, composite resin can become stained after a few years and isn’t as hard-wearing. You will need to replace composite resin veneers more quickly compared with porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers can be a good choice if you want to have multiple veneers, as often people choose this treatment to cover all the teeth visible when smiling or at least all their front teeth. If you only have one or two teeth that you wish to veneer, composite resin veneers could be a much more economical choice.