Veneers are one of the most widely used dental restorations, especially for cosmetic purposes. Dentists use veneers to treat oral conditions such as cracked or chipped teeth, severely discolored teeth, excessive space between adjacent teeth, or to bring about a makeover in the aesthetics of one’s smile.
What are the advantages of choosing veneers?
- Veneers are simple restorations. They can be completed in two visits to the dentist’s practice and in a very quick time span.
- The procedure involved in fabricating veneers can be completed in a few days. If the dental practice has CEREC, the entire process can be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s practice.
- Veneers can be personalized as required to match the exact color, contour, and appearance of your natural teeth. This keeps them under disguise.
- Veneers offer excellent durability and longevity. With appropriate care, they last for several years without any hassle.
- They do a great job of covering the surface imperfections on the teeth.
What are veneers made from?
Veneers can be fabricated from two prominent materials – dental-grade ceramic and composite resin. Here are some of the notable features of ceramic and composite veneers:
Appearance: Both ceramic and composite veneers have an excellent appearance as they are made from tooth-colored material. They can be customized to mimic the exact aesthetics of the underlying teeth, thus keeping them indistinguishable. However, ceramic veneers are highly resistant to staining as their surface finish is extremely fine. Composite veneers may slightly stain when you eat a lot of colored foods.
Fabrication: Composite veneers are comparatively easier to complete. The dentist will match the color of the resin with that of your natural enamel and apply it to your teeth. They can be completed in a single consultation. On the other hand, ceramic veneers are fabricated in a dental laboratory after taking precise digital impressions of the teeth. It would require two visits to the dental practice.
Lifespan: Porcelain veneers exhibit better durability and strength compared to their composite counterparts. They are known to last upwards of 10 years without any hassle, provided you take good care of them. Composite veneers do last long, but not as much as ceramic veneers. They have a lifespan of 5 to 8 years, after which they have to be replaced with new ones.
Pricing: Since ceramic veneers require a more detailed procedure and more man-hours to fabricate, they are a tad more expensive than composite veneers. Both types of veneers are worth the investment, thanks to all the advantages they offer.