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Veneer Options

Difference Between Porcelain and Composite Veneers

Dental veneers are a great, non-invasive option to enhance the look of your teeth. These simple veneers get adhered to the front of your teeth and can be used to fix many imperfections like chips and discolorations. Most dentists will offer you the option of choosing porcelain or composite veneers.

What are Composite Veneers?

Composite dental veneers are constructed of a composite resin that is tinted to match the natural appearance of your existing teeth. Instead of crafting each veneer individually beforehand, composite veneers are crafted on-sight by your cosmetic dentist. They will sculpt the composite around your existing tooth structure to create a natural aesthetic look that will be sure to please.

Composite veneers tend to be one of the least expensive options, which is why it's popular. Unlike porcelain veneers that must be constructed ahead of time, composite veneers can be constructed the same day of your appointment, so there's no waiting. Additionally, composite veneers don't require much prep work and can be easily removed or replaced.

Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers are known to wear down more quickly. Their lifespan is between five and seven years. Composite is a more porous material, which means it can be highly susceptible to staining. Lastly, this type of veneer is not recommended if you have significant gaps between your teeth or extreme discoloration.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are specifically designed to fit the front of your teeth. The porcelain is tinted to match the specific tint of your permanent teeth to ensure a great finishing look. This type of veneer is considered permanent and is one of the most desirable types of veneers on the market today.

One of the biggest advantages of choosing porcelain veneers over other options on the market is that they are very durable. They'll work much like your existing teeth and can last for between 10 and 20 years when properly maintained. Since porcelain is somewhat translucent, it will match very closely to your existing teeth. This material is also very resistant to stains and chipping.

When you opt for going with porcelain veneers, it's important to realize that the procedure is not reversible. Whenever there is a problem with a veneer, you'll have to undergo a time-consuming and expensive fix. Porcelain veneers are more costly than other options, like composite veneers. They also take multiple visits for your dentist to send out your mold and receive your custom-made porcelain veneers for installation.

Call Us Today

If you're interested in getting porcelain or composite veneers to enhance your smile, then it's time to contact us at Smiles by Hay. Let us assist you in getting help with all of your oral health needs.