Dental veneers have helped millions of people regain the confidence in their smile. The best candidates are those who:
- Want to correct discolored teeth
- Want to remove teeth staining due to old fillings
- Need to repair multiple cosmetic problems at one time
- Have the ability to avoid eating hard candy, which can damage dental veneers
- Have adequate tooth enamel, since natural teeth must be structurally altered to receive veneers
Types of Dental Veneers
There are two basic types of dental veneers available: composite and porcelain. Each type has some pros and cons. Let’s look at each.
Porcelain is definitely the superior choice for most patients, as it is a strong material that most closely matches the color and appearance of natural teeth.
- Close match to the appearance and color of original teeth
- The most durable type of material available for dental veneers
- The most expensive type of veneer
- Requires some removal of tooth enamel prior to placement
Some of the pros and cons of composite veneers include:
- No tooth enamel required to be removed in most cases
- The less expensive of the two treatment options
- Normally only requires one dental appointment
- Composite is not as durable as porcelain.
Composite can quickly become stained by things like coffee and tobacco products.
Getting Your Dental Veneers
If you are going to be getting porcelain veneers, you will need at least two dental appointments. During your first appointment, your dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for your new porcelain veneers.
A dental laboratory will actually create your veneers, which will be fitted at a subsequent appointment. Since porcelain requires tooth enamel removal, it is considered to be a permanent type of treatment.
With composite, your dentist will simply apply a moldable material directly onto your teeth. They will carefully sculpt it after applying the putty-like substance, which is similar to that used with tooth-colored fillings. A special light will be used to set each layer as it is applied. Finally, your dentist will polish your new composite veneers.
Are you ready to dramatically enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile? Please reach out to us to request additional information or to schedule your dental veneers consultation. Our office happily accepts new patients and many insurances.
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