You’d never know how many people have dental veneers. They are possibly the most common cosmetic dentistry solution to improving the appearance of a smile. Dental veneers can cover gaps, fix discolouration, make individual teeth appear straight, replace damaged parts of a tooth, widen your smile and even improve your bite. If you are thinking about dental veneers, you may need to consider what type of veneers will be right for you, either porcelain or composite veneers.
Porcelain Veneers: custom-made shells of super-high-strength porcelain that are bonded securely to the front of existing teeth. Expert cosmetic dentists use these to mask damaged, crooked, discoloured but otherwise healthy teeth.
Composite Veneers: a composite resin in a colour that resemble a natural tooth. This is bonded to your existing tooth and sculpted in place. These can help to adjust the size, shape and colour of unsightly teeth.
Porcelain veneers, generally considered the best dental veneers, retain a realistic translucence that mimics the appearance of natural teeth and can last up to 20 years. As they are so highly resistant to damage and stains, porcelain veneers maintain their appearance for many years without follow-up treatments. Unlike composite veneers, a procedure to fit porcelain veneers generally takes place over two visits.
A composite veneer procedure is a special dental bonding technique that is offered by some dentists. In the procedure, a special tooth-coloured resin is applied to and shaped directly on your teeth. This resin can fill gaps between teeth, mask discoloration and improve the shape and size of teeth.
The procedure itself usually involves one appointment, in which:
Composite veneers are different from porcelain veneers in important ways:
At Advanced Dental Artistry, we have decided to no longer fit new composite veneers. We feel the lower durability and your resulting burden of ongoing checkups outweighs the initial dollar saving. However, we will happily perform the necessary checkups on your existing composite veneers.
Find out whether a porcelain or cosmetic veneer treatment will best suit your smile. Contact Dr Adrian Kat and the team at Advanced Dental Artistry.
Your first consultation with us is complimentary and carries no-obligation.
Published on November 20th 2015, last reviewed on February 10th 2020
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