Advantages and disadvantages of porcelain and composite veneers

Given that the most commonly used dental veneers – and the ones we place most frequently in our clinic – are porcelain (e.max and Lumineers) and composite veneers, we are going to detail the benefits and drawbacks of each of them.

As you will see below, the fundamental characteristics vary depending on the material with which they are made:

Duration and resistance 

The porcelain veneers last longer than composite, are in perfect condition and can withstand up to 15 years, and also do not lose their color or stained. 

This duration is highly dependent on the patient following his dentist’s instructions for maintenance and care.

However, the idea that veneers are forever is gaining more weight, since there are various studies that affirm that these veneers can last between 25 or 30 years.

In contrast, the duration of composite veneers is a maximum of approximately five years

To reach this deadline, it is necessary to go for maintenance checks and for the dentist to polish the veneers.

In addition, it will be easier for cosmetic veneers to last five years in good condition if the patient follows good habits in terms of hygiene and diet.

As the composite is a material that stains over time, foods and beverages with a lot of colors (red wine, coffee, red fruits, dark chocolate …) as well as tobacco do not help to keep it in good condition.


A ceramic or porcelain veneer is highly unlikely to fracture. 

However, the patient can rest assured that any damage or damage will be repaired quickly. 

Composite veneers can be easily reconstructed in the dental office , while porcelain veneers are made in the laboratory. 

However, as we have previously anticipated, this does not imply a long waiting time for the person.

Thanks to the virtual sample of their oral cavity, the patient only has to go to the clinic for the dentist to place the veneer after only 72 hours have elapsed. 


It is not surprising that due to the virtues it presents in terms of resistance and aesthetics, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers

However, in case a patient wishes to obtain greater benefits in the long term, it is recommended that they opt for ceramic veneers, either Lumineers or e.max.  

This recommendation is based, fundamentally, on the duration and the result obtained with these veneers.

Although the initial cost is higher, we can have them almost permanently and with a much more aesthetic result over the years. 

On the other hand, the composite ones are cheaper but require to be replaced in less time.

The prices of aesthetic veneers start from € 310, in the case of composite ones, and from € 600 if they are made of porcelain.