Insecure about your smile but hesitant to get braces? There are so many more options out there! Dr. de Cardenas and his team in Miami-Dade offer composite veneers, which may be a great alternative for you if you’ve been thinking about porcelain veneers, metal braces, or Invisalign.

Porcelain Veneers vs. Composite Veneers

When you think of veneers, you may be thinking of the pretty expensive variety, which are thin shells of porcelain adhered to the outer-surface of the tooth. However, these aren’t the only types of veneers you can get at your dentist’s office. 

Instead of porcelain, composite veneers are made of engineered resin that are affixed to the outer-surface of your teeth. Both of these types of veneers are made to match your teeth perfectly and improve your overall smile. 

In terms of their differences in time, composite veneers are done much more quickly than their porcelain counterparts, as they can be done in the same visit you ask for them. First, your dentist will match the resin to the shade of your surrounding teeth for the most natural look. 

Next, the resin is adhered to your teeth, cured and then polished. You can walk out the same day with a brand new smile. On the other hand, porcelain veneers typically take at least two visits. It starts with your dentist removing a very thin layer of your teeth to take an impression of your smile. 

Once the mold is finished, it’s sent out to a lab and you are given temporary veneers while you’re waiting for yours to be made. When you come back for your second visit, your porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth with cement. 

Porcelain veneers are composed of several thin ceramic layers that replace the original tooth enamel and are applied through the use of an adhesive. In order to apply a veneer, a small amount of the tooth enamel is removed in order to create room for the porcelain laminate veneers to fit within the mouth.

Getting porcelain veneers in Miami-Dade from Dr. de Cardenas is ordinarily a relatively simple three-step process beginning with an initial consultation with Dr. Andres de Cardenas in his Miami office. 

During this consultation, you will talk to him about your goals, and desired outcomes. After a full examination of your teeth and the consultation, it can be determined if porcelain veneers in Miami will help you to achieve your desired goals, and a second appointment will be scheduled.

This is what makes porcelain veneers extremely durable and longer-lasting than composite veneers. While composite veneers are more fragile and prone to chipping than porcelain ones, they can easily be repaired in a single visit to your dentist. 

Damage to a porcelain tooth would require a replacement that would take time to make. Composite veneers also look slightly different than porcelain ones, as the latter is more white and stain resistant. 

Composite resin stains just like your natural teeth do, but these veneers are completely reversible unlike porcelain veneers. When it comes to cost, composite veneers may be better for you as porcelain ones tend to be more expensive. Since they have to be manufactured expertly to match your smile, porcelain veneers are costly. 

Composite veneers do not last forever, though, and they will eventually need to be repaired or touched-up. This could mean that the cost of porcelain veneers and composite veneers could come out as even if you choose to make composite ones a life-long solution to your smile.

Composite Veneers with Dr. de Cardenas | Miami-Dade

Your smile puts your self-confidence, and self-assuredness on display to the world, but if your teeth are stained from coffee, wine, or tobacco use, or if you have one or several chipped or slightly damaged teeth, your smile may be a source of insecurity instead of strength. If this sounds like you, we highly recommend looking into dental veneers and other procedures of cosmetic dentistry. 

Dr. Andres de Cardenas and his staff of caring, concerned professionals want you to know that when you walk into our office you aren’t just another patient, you are seen as an individual with your own unique set of concerns and goals. 

When it comes to the creation of your best smile, Dr. de Cardenas provides you with every option, including our porcelain and composite veneers in Miami-Dade

If you are still wondering if you represent a good candidate, or if a composite veneer procedure is the right choice to help you cultivate a smile that properly reflects your self-confidence, and self-assuredness, Dr. Andres de Cardenas invites you to find out more! 

You can contact us using and discover how composite veneers in Miami-Dade can give you your best smile. Contact Dr. de Cardenas today and experience the difference between being treated as a patient, and being treated as a part of the family.