Cosmetic corrections to chipped, discolored or gapped teeth are easier to get than ever, and there are several different options available for anyone who is looking to improve their smile. Veneers are a popular option for improving the look of teeth that have minor imperfections or staining. They can also be used instead of whitening to change the color of teeth. The downside to veneers is that they??re expensive, but there are two different types of veneers available, with one type offering significant cost savings.
Porcelain: Durable and dramatic
Porcelain veneers are the type most people think of when they hear about veneers. Porcelain veneers are sometimes called ceramic veneers. These are the best type of veneers, and also the most expensive. Veneers fit over the front of the tooth and wrap slightly around the edges. They don’t provide extra strength or stability to the teeth so they are strictly a cosmetic dental procedure. However, the improvement to your smile after getting porcelain veneers can be dramatic. They are durable and can last a decade or more without needing to be repaired or replaced. They are resistant to staining and chipping and provide a very natural-looking correction to cosmetic issues.
Composite: Quick and affordable
Composite veneers are an alternative to porcelain veneers and they cost much less. The resin material used for composite veneers is the same as that which is used for composite fillings, which may be called white fillings or tooth-colored fillings. The process of getting composite veneers is quicker, but they do have disadvantages compared to porcelain veneers. The composite material tends to stain and chip. Composite veneers are likely to need replacement in just a few years. Porcelain veneers also have more attractive color and translucency.
Both types of veneers require preparation of the teeth to be covered before they are placed. The process of getting composites can usually be done in just one dental visit. Porcelain veneers must be made in a lab.
If your teeth embarrass you and you’d like to have a smile that you can wear with pride, veneers may be for you. For more information about what a cosmetic dental treatment can do for your smile, please download my free e-book, “Cosmetic Dentistry is for Everyone”.