Despite your familiarity with cosmetic dentistry, you tend to have questions regarding the procedures you are interested in. One of most common questions cosmetic dentist receives quite often is about dental veneers. Those interested in dental veneers generally ask their dentist – whether they should choose composite veneers or porcelain veneers.
As you know, dental veneers provide the best option to hide an array of dental imperfections like chipped, crooked, and discoloured teeth. Moreover, veneers can help your smile to be in full view giving you an extraordinary confidence boost.
If your teeth have gaps, overlaps, chips, or discolouration that don’t give the desired response to teeth whitening, you may be suitable for veneers. But you may wonder what kind of veneer will be the best for you – composite or porcelain? Though the dentist is the best person to advise you on the most suitable cosmetic procedure depending on your oral condition, let’s educate yourself through this article before booking an appointment with your dentist.
What do you mean by veneers?
Veneers are fingernail-like thin shells that are customised to resemble your teeth colour and size. Your dentist fixes them permanently to the front part of your teeth. They are generally made of thin layers of either strong composite resins or porcelain. Moreover, veneers are less invasive than dental crowns and retain more of your original teeth. It also provides strength to severely decayed or damaged teeth.
Porcelain veneers and composite veneers
Porcelain veneers resemble your natural teeth in size, colour, and functionality. They are popular for their stain-resistant characteristics and high durability. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for ten to twenty years. Unfortunately, the procedure involved in bonding the porcelain veneers with your teeth is irreversible because your dentist will have to remove some tooth enamel to cement the veneers permanently onto your tooth surface. It’s a costly procedure that generally requires 2-3 dental visits.
Composite veneers are less expensive, but they may wear down quickly and have a short lifespan of five to seven years. However, your dentist may have to remove less or no tooth enamel to fix them onto your teeth. It generally requires a single visit to complete the procedure. In addition, they are easier to repair than their porcelain counterparts.
Moreover, in the case of porcelain veneers, your dentist will take the impression of your teeth after determining the correct colour shade. Therefore, you may get temporary veneers until the permanent one gets prepared in the dental laboratory. It takes one to two weeks to create porcelain veneers in the laboratory.
On the other hand, your dentist will choose the shade with your consultation and sculpt the composite resins directly onto your teeth to create the composite veneers. Finally, the dentist will smooth and polish the composite resin to attain a natural appeal.
Veneers are a permanent commitment that cost your hard-earned money. Hence, you must ensure that you are entirely informed about the options before determining the material that will be best for you. You must book a consultation with your dentist to determine which option will be ideal in your case.