Types of Dental Veneers You Should Know About

by | Sep 2, 2022 | Resources

Love your smile again with any of these types of dental veneers. What are veneers, and how will dental veneers benefit you? Read on to learn more about them and find out which style is perfect for you.

The two main teeth veneer types are porcelain and composite. There are also some newer, less permanent, no prep options such as Lumineers now on the market also but today we will focus on porcelain and composite veneers. . This treatment can let you recapture your confidence with every smile by making you love the look of your teeth again.

There are pros and cons for each type and it is best to  compare the different dental veneer types and decide which suits you best. Each style comes at a different price point and has unique advantages and disadvantages. While porcelain veneers are the most common, the other types can also be practical cosmetic solutions.  Read on for more information  if you are interested in which type would be a good option for you. Related Post: How Veneers Can Help to Improve Your Smile?

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is often what people think of when referring to traditional veneers.

A thin porcelain shell adheres to the outer layers  of your affected teeth. Porcelain veneers are probably the most highly recommended type of permanent veneers on the market. This kind requires some tooth preparation and provides the most visual appeal. Porcelain veneers offer a long lasting option (around 10 years) and natural colour options for giving you the smile you desire.  .

One good fact about this kind is that they are made specifically for your teeth and have a great fit especially around your gum line, so they do not irritate the gums. 

Porcelain veneers are permanently glued to your teeth, and t usually last around 10 years. Your dentist will need to remove some of the tooth before applying the porcelain. While this kind of veneer is one of the most expensive options, the aesthetics are the best due to the labs ability to make them exactly as you want them..

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are considerably more affordable than porcelain dental veneers. The most positive point is that composite resin veneers often require less tooth removal than porcelain veneers. . They can even be applied directly on top of the enamel with almost no preparation in some cases. However, composite resin veneers usually last only 5-7 years, as they are not as strong as porcelain veneers. 

Composite resin veneers are also unlikely to cause damage to the gum tissue. But, there is a greater risk and likelihood of staining to composite veneers than to porcelain veneers. In most instances  the procedure for  composite resin veneers only takes one visit (vs two for porcelain veneers), but it can be a lengthy process.

Can I Get Veneers?

Veneers can help restore damaged tooth surfaces in cases of chipped or broken teeth and as well as help camouflage slightly misaligned teeth. . Of course, to identify the best type of veneers for you, your dentist needs to  assess your oral cavity to determine the best  treatment plan for you. Individuals with severe damage or dental decay are not prime candidates for veneer application. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), you should consult your dentist on how to best restore your teeth while minimizing future fracture risk. Some people may need to wear a night splint to help protect their new veneers from grinding.Get Assessed for Dental Veneers Today

Dental veneers are a significant  investment, and permanent veneers do last a long time. In general, porcelain and composite resin are the most common choices and depending on the type, you could have the same veneers for anywhere from 5 to 15 years.. Although, it’s vital to note that the durability depends on many things including the type of dental veneers you choose,  your oral health practices, the health of the teeth underneath, your bte and if you grind your teeth

Before getting dental veneers you should have a full check up and clean to discuss your goals for your smile with your dentist and also allow them to assess the health of your teeth and gums. They will also check your bite and any wear or grinding affecting your teeth. They can let you know if veneers are an option for you and give you a treatment plan suited to your individual goals and needs. 

There are many veneer options available, some of which require no tooth preparation and are less permanent than the porcelain or composite veneers we have discussed here. If you want to know more about all the veneer options available and how they can help change your smile? 

Book a veneer assessment at our Mona Vale clinic and discover all the potential options available to you.