Dental veneers can be a perfect solution to a great smile for a lot of people. The veneers are becoming more popular every day, thanks to all the benefits that they offer. If you are not happy with the way your smile looks, they might be just the right option for you. Veneers are very effective with teeth that are discolored due to different reasons, slightly crooked teeth, broken or chipped teeth, spaced teeth, or even for teeth that are not shaped properly. If you choose the right dentist to help you with your veneers, you will leave with a brand-new smile, and no one will even know that you had any treatment done.
At the moment, there are two materials available for veneers: composite and porcelain. There are a lot of people that are wondering what are the differences between the two materials and need help before choosing the right one for them. Here is a short explanation that I hope you will find helpful if you are planning on getting veneers.
Material: composite veneers are made of composite resin, which is a material that is porous and is susceptible to absorbing water and other drinks (especially the colored ones). This is the main reason that composite veneers get stained easily compared to the porcelain ones. So, if you really enjoy having your red wine or coffee on a regular basis, you might want to avoid this material. Most of the studies show that if this material is polished properly the veneers will be more natural looking and resistant to staining.
Time: there are two different types of veneers when it comes to the technique of their making. The direct composite veneers are made in only one visit. The composite resin is placed on the teeth surfaces in layers until the dentist reaches the perfect form and color. This is a very fast and effective procedure that only requires one visit to the dentist. The indirect composite veneers, on the other hand, are made in two visits. During the first visit, the dentist takes an impression of the patient’s teeth and sends it to the lab. On the second visit, you will get your brand-new veneers. The direct technique has gained much more popularity both with patients and dentists, mostly because they get a finished product in a very short amount of time. Composite veneers are durable, but not as much as the porcelain veneers. Their usual lastingness is up to eight years, but they do require regular maintenance.
Strength: composite resin is not as strong as porcelain or enamel that is why is more vulnerable to pressure. These veneers are more likely to chip over time. The wear module is also higher, which means that they are not recommended for patients that grind their teeth or have a strong bite force.
Advantage: the greatest advantage is this type of veneers requires only a little to no removal of the tooth’s hard tissues. It saves more tooth substance and in the same time, it protects the patient from future discomfort. Another great plus, is if there is any change of color or shape of the veneers, they can easily be corrected by just removing and adding more composite. The process of removing the veneers is very simple, painless, and usually, there is no damage to the natural tooth’s structures.
Cost: these veneers cost less compared to the porcelain ones, and most of the time this is the main reason why patients choose them.
Material: these veneers are made of porcelain that requires more tooth substance to be removed during the preparation of the teeth. Unfortunately, this material demands a more extensive prep work compared to the composite material.
Time: the only way to get porcelain veneers is the indirect technique. In other words, it will require two visits to the dental office to get a new smile. During the first visit, your teeth will be prepared, and the dentist will get impressions. Those impressions are sent to the dental lab, where technicians make the veneers. The second time you visit the dentist, the veneers will be ready for you. If there are any changes that need to be done regarding the color or form, that will require an additional visit. Once the veneers are bonded to the teeth, changes cannot be made, so that is why all the necessary alterations need to be made before the veneers are installed permanently. The porcelain veneers are very durable, they can last up to 20 years, and although they can cost a lot, they are a long-term investment.
Strength: the porcelain’s strength is significantly higher that the composite’s. This material is almost as strong as the tooth’s enamel. Once the porcelain is glazed, it becomes very resistant to staining. Because of its strength, it is resistant to chipping and the restorations made of porcelain are highly durable. The problem is, if the veneers crack or chip, the dentist will not be able to restore them, and they need to be removed completely. While removing them, he will also need to remove more of the underlying tooth substance.
Advantages: it is considered that the main advantage of these veneers is their aesthetics. This is a very transparent material, that matches the natural teeth almost perfectly. The porcelain has the ability to reflect light at a similar level to the enamel, and it is able to mimic it and give a natural looking veneer. Despite all the latest advantages of the structure of composite resins, porcelain still provides the most aesthetic restorations. Other than the better looks, the advantages also include greater strength and longevity.
Cost: porcelain is definitely more expensive than composite, so the veneers are usually twice as expensive. Restoring your smile with porcelain veneers can cost a lot. This is the main downside of this material and the main reason why patients choose to go with composite instead.