Porcelain vs. Composite Veneers

When it comes to first impressions, your smile can make a big one and if you have self consciousness regarding your teeth, veneers are can be the solution to your problems. Made of either porcelain or composite, they are a shell that fits over your existing teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can improve issues ranging from discoloration to gaps between the teeth.

Whether choosing the porcelain veneers versus composite veneers, each offers benefits depending on the issue you want to target. Either way, you’ll end up with a smile that you’ll be flashing for the world to see.

Porcelain Veneers

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A strong and durable smile

Coffee and tea drinkers rejoice, as porcelain veneers are extremely resistant to staining due to the impervious surface of the ceramic in them. This material also makes them strong and long lasting with proper care and oral hygiene.

Great for covering trouble areas

The style of a porcelain veneer makes it an ideal way to cover issues regarding teeth that are strongly discolored or malformed.

Porcelain Veneers look like the real thing

Light reflects off of porcelain in a fashion similar to enamel because it is slightly translucent. This makes a porcelain veneer noticeable only as an improved smile.

The Porcelain Veneer Application Process

In order to apply a porcelain veneer, a thin layer of the tooth’s enamel is removed, so a cast of the tooth can be made at an initial visit to the office. They are then created offsite and applied during a second visit.

Composite Veneers

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Minimal damage to tooth structure

Applying a composite doesn’t require as much enamel removal. This helps to keep the tooth strong and healthy with its original structure.

Composite Veneers can be removed as necessary

When it is time to replace composite veneer, they are easy to remove when an additive is applied. This does not further damage the teeth and a new veneer can be put on the tooth.

Covering up those chipped teeth

This method is best if you need to cover chipped teeth or discoloration. They can also cover any slight issues with alignment to give the teeth the appearance of being straight.

The Composite Application Process

With minimal enamel removed, the composite can be applied in one sitting in the office, as it can be applied and formed directly on the tooth. Layers of resin are applied to the tooth and are then sculpted to create the desired appearance.

When determining which option is the best solution to your tooth issues, it is important to weigh in your lifestyle. Smokers and those who enjoy red wine or coffee will enjoy the durability of a porcelain veneer. For those who want to get the process done in one trip, composite is a great alternative.

If you are interested in improving your smile, then set up a consultation with us and we can help you to choose the best option to achieve your desired look. You’ll be smiling a natural looking smile before you know it.

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