Dental Veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
There are two types of Veneers:
- Composite Veneers: These are made directly (inside the mouth) at the time of your appointment with the dentist, only the one visit is generally necessary. It can be quite a long appointment though depending on how many you are getting done.
- Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are made indirectly; prepared at your appointment but created outside your mouth by a dental technician. This type of veneer takes two visits. They have a superior appearance and are most appropriate for more severe cases of discoloration, chipping, fractures, and crooked, spaced and uneven teeth.
The Difference Between The Two Types
- Porcelain veneers resist stains from coffee, tea or smoking much better than Composite veneers.
- They last longer and stay looking good for longer.
- Porcelain has the best light reflecting properties of any dental material currently available, giving your teeth a very natural and attractive appearance.
- Composite veneers are a cheaper, quicker, less destructive way to restore and correct more minor cosmetic problems. While Porcelain veneers are considerably more expensive and more difficult to repair.
- Composite Veneer: item 526 for anterior (front), item 536 for posterior (back)
- Porcelain Veneer: item 556
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