If you like to have shiny and attractive teeth, dental veneers will help. As you may have heard, there are two types of veneers: composite veneer and porcelain veneer. To make a good choice, you need to know all about the types of veneers, so here's a brief but useful explanation to help you make a better decision.
Dental veneers are compounds that are added to the outer surface of the teeth for the restoration of cracking, fractures or permanent discoloration. They are also used to reduce the gaps between the teeth and minor malformations that give the person a natural and beautiful smile.
There are generally two types of it:
A composite veneer is provided by your dentist in the office and in only one session. In this type, you do not need to brush your teeth, and this coating is attached to your teeth by special dental adhesives. Your dentist applies a thin layer of composite veneer on your tooth to cover the part you want, then the next layer is added until the final result is achieved.
Porcelain veneer or ceramic laminate (also known in some countries as ” laminate “) looks a bit like an artificial nail and is designed to adhere to the front of the tooth. Each veneer is made for a special tooth and looks very natural. Applying Veneer Porcelain is a little more specialized and time-consuming. Your dentist will make a template of your teeth and send it to the dental laboratory. After two or three weeks your veneer is ready. Then your dentist will buff a very thin layer of your teeth enamel and attach the veneer to your teeth.
The dentist prepares the tooth before inserting the veneer. Occasionally, partial tooth enamel buffing may be required to ensure that the veneer is well-sealed. Sometimes, local anesthesia may be used at this stage of work. After this step, the tooth is cleaned with chemicals and the veneer is mounted on it.
In the case of composite resin , no tooth buffing is usually required and UV light is used to tighten each layer. When the final shape and color is achieved, the composite surface is polished to give the coating a natural look.
It may take a while for you to get used to the new shape and size of your teeth, but very soon your teeth will look completely natural and beautiful. As always, brush your teeth and floss your teeth. It is recommended that you make an appointment with your dentist two weeks after the coatings are placed.
Most people are a good candidate for it, but it should be kept in mind that veneers, both composite and porcelain, are aesthetically pleasing and cannot replace orthodontics . Coatings cannot correct jaw malformations and severe dental misalignment. You should also know that you need healthy teeth so that the veneers can be attached to them. Any tooth decay or gum disease should be treated before bonding. If you have a teeth-grinding ( bruxism ), the veneer is not a good option for you, as repeated bruxism can cause abrasions, fractures or even detachment of veneers.
In the following cases you can use composite veneer or porcelain veneer :
• Correction of gaps between teeth
• Having broken or cracked teeth
• Having discolored teeth
• Crooked or irregular teeth
Consult your dentist to make sure this procedure is suitable for your teeth repair as well as the choice between composite resin and veneer porcelain .
So as you know, both types of veneers have advantages and disadvantages. Composite resins will only take place in one sitting and save you time with no tooth buffing and no damage to your tooth enamel. The cost of the composite veneer is about half that of a porcelain veneer. In addition, if porcelain veneers have any cracks or fractures, the entire veneer should be replaced but the composite veneer is not the same.
Despite all the advantages mentioned for composite veneers, they cannot compete with veneer porcelain. Porcelain is a very strong material that lasts for 10-20 years. Ceramic laminate is more beautiful and natural than composite resins. In addition, it is very similar to enamel, so it will compensate for partial tooth enamel abrasion. They are more resistant to color and you may not need to change your diet and you should not refuse to eat colored foods. As mentioned, a porcelain veneer is more expensive than composite resin because of its long lifespan.
However, it is up to you to decide which treatment will help you, and of course, you should consult with a qualified dentist to help you make the right decision.
On average, veneers are said to be persistent around 10 years and possibly even longer. Nutrition and oral health are important. It is advisable to see a dentist at least twice a year to check up veneers and cleaning them. Most importantly, just use your teeth to eat, not to chew pencil, crush ice, or open the bottle!