Composite or Porcelain Veneers: Which One?

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Veneers a popular way to enhance your smile

When it comes to smile-makeover, you have many choices. The simplest way to change the look of your smile is teeth whitening. There are over-the-counter choices from toothpaste to gels to strips. But these days, more and more people want to go beyond enhancing the color of their natural teeth. Because of the effect of several lifestyle factors like smoking, diet, and habits, tooth whitening seems to be not enough to achieve the desired result.

For the minimally invasive, fast and safe procedure, veneers come highly recommended by many dentists. Porcelain Veneer is a thin, shell-like material that is bonded on the teeth’s surface to give uniformly shaped teeth.

Porcelain veneers and Composite veneers come in different materials which their cost reflect. It is essential to discuss the pros and cons of each type with your dentist, so you will have realistic expectations and get the desired results.

You can use dental veneers when you have significant damage to your existing teeth such as chips, cracks, and stains.

Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composites but can last for as long as ten years. They are stain-resistant and reflects light very well, so it is natural-looking. Usually, the surface of the teeth is minimally removed to accommodate the bonding of veneers.

Composite veneers, on the other hand, do not usually require removal of tooth enamel, so it is not an invasive procedure at all. It is typically the choice for minimal or no tooth modification, small chips, cracks, and discoloration. It is the cheaper alternative but not as stain-resistant as their porcelain counterpart. Also, over time, the composite material is more prone to chipping.

Caring for your veneers is simple, but you may need to tweak your lifestyle to make it last for as long as possible.

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