Types of Dental Veneers

We all like to have some variety when making decisions. When it comes to dental veneers, the variety is currently limited to two choices – porcelain or composite. Below you will find a more detailed on the various types of veneers. Please be aware that we have not expanded on all the factors that set the different types of veneers apart from one another. You should seek information from your cosmetic dentist on this as it can play a significant role in the amount of money you will have to spend on your veneer procedure.

Porcelain Veneers

Most people opt to get porcelain veneers (a thin type of dental veneer that is almost always used for upper-end veneer procedures) when it comes time to upgrade their smile. With this type of dental veneer, your cosmetic dentist will need to take an impression of your existing teeth. This impression will be sent out to a lab where your set of veneers will be crafted. The dental veneers typically return from the lab within a week. Once back, the porcelain veneers will be bonded to your existing teeth to create a new and beautiful smile. Note that this type of dental veneer will require a significant amount of enamel to be removed from your existing teeth. Thus, you shouldn’t expect to return to life without any sort of veneers. Be ready to stay committed with porcelain veneers, as once they’re on, you shouldn’t expect to have them permanently removed upon request.

Composite Veneers

Composite Veneers are the cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers do not require an impression to be sent to a lab. Rather, the veneers are created on the spot by your cosmetic dentist. Your dentist will begin the application by scratching up the surface of your existing teeth. This will help the veneers to bond to your teeth.

Once the dentist is finished roughening your teeth, he or she will apply a composite material to them. Once that’s done, you’re ready to go!

Which Of The Veneer Types Is Better?

To be honest, either of these veneer types is a good choice. You should note that the composite veneers are easier to repair than porcelain veneers. Individual chips in composite veneers can be fixed, while chips in porcelain ones require a complete extraction of the veneer.

The types of dental veneers presented above are the only kinds currently manufactured. We can only ponder at what types of dental veneers the future holds.