Congratulations on deciding you want to improve your smile with dental veneers in 2016! At West 7th Smiles, we know you’ve made a wonderful decision — and we can’t wait for you to see your incredible results. But before that can happen, there’s still one more decision to make. Will your veneers be constructed of porcelain, or composite? Keep reading to learn about the differences between the materials, and the pros and cons of each. Should questions still remain when you’re finished, please don’t hesitate to contact us or let us know in the comments below. As always, we’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!
Porcelain and Composite Veneers: What’s the difference, anyway?
Whether they’re made of porcelain or composite material, dental veneers are thin shells that dentists use to cover up damaged front teeth. Veneers are used for cosmetic purposes — so while they’ll greatly improve the look of your teeth, dental veneers won’t necessarily affect the function.
Dental veneers can correct a number of dental issues, including the following:
- Misshapen or slightly crooked teeth
- Slightly gapped teeth
- Teeth that have been broken or chipped
- Discolored or stained teeth that haven’t responded to teeth whitening treatments
Patients who enjoy solid oral health, free from gum disease especially, are typically good candidates for dental veneers.
While porcelain veneers and those made of composite resin are very similar, they’re not the same. We’ll cover the pros of each below.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Once they’re bonded on, porcelain veneers are incredibly durable. In fact, they can last from 10 to 15 years when cared for properly.
- Porcelain veneers reflect light just like the natural tooth, meaning they’re far more lifelike than other options.
- Porcelain is a material that never stains, which makes veneers permanent teeth whiteners.
- Porcelain veneers don’t require much alteration of the natural tooth, meaning it’s a very conservative treatment, too.
Benefits of Composite Resin Veneers
- Because composite resin veneers can be created right at the chairside, they’re a much faster treatment, completed in just one visit to West 7th Smiles.
- Veneers made of composite resin are much more affordable than those made of porcelain.
- Composite resin can be repaired if something goes wrong — porcelain cannot.
- Composite resin gives you the same great results, faster and more affordably than porcelain veneers.
Schedule Your Appointment at West 7th Smiles Today
Are you interested in learning about your smile enhancement options with porcelain or cosmetic veneers? The team at West 7th Smiles can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams in 2016. Contact us to book your appointment today!