So you’re thinking about getting veneers in Colombia, good for you. There are two main types of veneers that you should know of, porcelain and composite. Here’s a little about the difference between the two.
$490 USD per tooth
Also known as indirect, prep, ceramic
2-5 day procedure in lab
Lasts 20 years
Minimal tooth sanding (0.3 mm)
Won't chip or stain
Best long term value
$250 USD per tooth
Also known as direct, resin, prepless, or 80% porcelain/20% composite
2 day procedure in office
Lasts 7 years
Frequent maintenance required, done by any dentist
No tooth shaving
Will chip and stain
Each have their advantages and disadvantages, it’s a question of finding out which one is best for you. Apart from the procedure price, there are other costs and factors to consider before you decide which type you’ll ultimately get.
Composite veneer vs porcelain veneers in Colombia, what’s best for me?
There are a few variables. You need to consider if you’re suited for the procedure, how long the veneers will last, how long it’ll take to get done, what sort of maintenance is required, if there is shoot shaving involved, and travel costs. Let’s break down these considerations in a little more detail as we try to understand the best type of veneer for you.
Are you a good candidate for composite or porcelain veneers?
First things first, you must be sure you’re a good candidate for these types of procedures. If you haven’t seen a dentist or filled out our free virtual consultation form, then do so now.
Please note that just because you’re qualified for composite veneers, it doesn’t mean you’re a good fit for porcelain; the same goes the other way around. Usually, photos of your teeth from multiple angles will be enough for a dentist to know.
How long do composite and porcelain veneers last?
This is one of the more important factors to consider. Composite veneers can last up to 7 years while porcelain veneers can last up to 20. This, of course, assumes you take proper care of your teeth. Don’t go eating hard candies or opening things with your mouth.
When comparing total costs, consider how much utility you will get per year. Depending on your timeline, a shorter period of composites may make sense. Porcelain veneers last longer and require a larger commitment.
How long do the composite and porcelain veneer procedures take?
The time difference between these two is considered by some to be significant. Composite veneers can be completed in 2 days while porcelain veneers will take 2-5 depending on the quantity of veneers procedure. Simply put, the reason why porcelain veneers take long is due to the fact that the permanent porcelain veneers need to be sent to a lab to be created. Composite veneers can be done in-house.
These factors can impact the number of days off of work you’ll have to take, the number of hotel nights you’ll have to pay for, the extra meals you’ll need to eat, and other costs associated with extra days.
What sort of maintenance is required for composite and porcelain veneers?
Another major consideration is the amount of work needed for upkeep. Composite veneers tend to stain and chip easily. At a minimum, we recommend getting touched up once a year. Most dentists around the world can do this work so it’s not necessary to come all the way back to Colombia.
Just know that each visit will cost you so you have to factor that into the total price when you’re looking at the big picture. Porcelain veneers do not need any yearly maintenance at all. This is one of the advantages porcelain veneers have over composite.
Do composite and porcelain veneer procedures involve tooth shaving?
Another point of contention between the two procedures is tooth shaving. There is no teeth shaving involved with composite veneers. With porcelain, however, there is. It is very minimal though, at 0.3 mm. This is significantly less shaving than normally done for crowns. Some patients don’t like the idea of any shaving though and thus opt for the composites.
What’s the price of a porcelain veneer vs the cost of a composite?
Down to brass tax, this is the most important factor when considering composite vs porcelain veneers. Composite veneers range from $200 - $400 USD per tooth in Colombia while porcelain veneers range from $460 - $800 per tooth. Most patients get 20 veneers for a full smile makeover.
Conclusion: Composite vs porcelain veneers in Colombia
There are many factors that go into picking the right type of veneers to get when you’re in Colombia. The price of the procedure is a big factor but other important considerations include how long the veneers last, how long it takes to get the veneers done, the maintenance costs, tooth shaving considerations, and other details. Both options will result in radiant smiles, the question is which type is best for you?