Dental veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of the size, shape and feel of your teeth, vastly improving your smile to be whiter and healthier.
However, there are different materials that can be used with dental veneers, and it is helpful to have a full understanding of all options when choosing the best form of dental veneers.
There are two main types of dental veneers: porcelain veneers and composite veneers. While the material for each is slightly different, they both achieve the same thing, which is a cosmetic restoration to the size, shape and feel of teeth.
The following is everything to know about deciding whether dental veneers are a good option for cosmetic treatment and which type of dental veneers is best.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are tooth-colored thin shells that are custom made to improve the appearance of teeth. Dental veneers are famously known as “Hollywood teeth,” as they were first used to make movie stars, music artists and other celebrities have better smiles. Since then, they have made their way to the general public, allowing anyone to improve the appearance of their smile for a relatively affordable price.
The process of applying a dental veneer is fairly simple. However, since everyone who wants dental veneers has different cosmetic needs, they have to be customized in a lab, which can take some time. Once the dentists has the dental veneers created, they can be applied to the teeth through a simple procedure that only takes one dental visit to complete in most instances.
Porcelain veneers are perhaps the most popular form of dental veneers, and they work well at covering up imperfections in a smile. A dental veneer made of porcelain is a custom-made shell, which generally takes more than one dental visit to apply.
The biggest benefit of a porcelain veneers is that they are strong and last for years without needing to be repaired or completely replaced. Porcelain veneers are also very white and blend in well with natural teeth, although the surrounding teeth are likely to need a thorough dental cleaning and whitening to make the veneers blend in perfectly. Porcelain veneers also do not stain easily, which makes them perfect for more visible teeth.
Composite veneers are made of a composite resin material that is similar to porcelain, but it is applied in a different manner. While a dental veneer made of porcelain requires a thin shell to be made, a dental veneer applied using composite resin does not require a fitting process in most instances. Due to this, composite veneers can often be applied on just one dental visit.
Additionally, dental veneers made of a composite resin material generally cost less than porcelain veneers. While porcelain veneers are usually more durable and last longer, composite veneers are easy and quick to repair. In many instances when minor cosmetic alterations are needed, dental veneers made of composite resin are great alternatives to a dental crown.
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