There’s something exciting about loving the smile. When our teeth do not meet our ideal – they are not harmonious in size and proportions, or they are drastically discolored – we may struggle with a general sense of dissatisfaction. If you are in this boat, it’s time to jump ship! The team at Morris County Dental Associates has a solution. Teeth that do not reflect your inner beauty can be covered with porcelain veneers. This permanent solution to cosmetic imperfections has paved the way for many of our patients to feel great about their smiles.
If you’ve done any research on veneer treatment, you may have come across two common types of veneers. All indirect veneers are similar in their form. Where they differ is in their makeup. We use porcelain veneers to transform smiles. The other option commonly offered is composite veneers. Here, we will compare the two.
A composite material is one that is a mixture of two or more compounds. This type of veneer is made of “composite resin,” which includes plastic and glass. The plastic gives the composite resin a degree of durability, while the glass provides sheen to mimic natural enamel. Most composite veneers are “made” chairside. Essentially, the resin is applied directly to the tooth or teeth. It is shaped and then cured, or hardened. Finally, the composite is polished to look natural.
What you need to know: composite veneers are porous, just like natural teeth. Because there are numerous tiny pores in composite resin, it’s possible that veneers will stain over time. Also, while durable, composite resin does not hold up as well as porcelain. On the other hand, this type of veneer is lower in cost, which may make replacement more affordable.
Porcelain veneers are indirect. This means the fixtures that are adhered to the front of teeth are made in a dental lab. To have porcelain veneers applied requires slight tooth reduction. This means the tooth or teeth will need to be covered permanently. If a veneer chips or breaks, it will need to be replaced. The primary benefits of porcelain veneers are that they look most like natural teeth. Porcelain is translucent, and it is more reflective than composite, so the smile shines nicely.
What you need to know: Porcelain veneer treatment involves two visits. During the second visit, sheaths of porcelain adhere with a bonding material. This process fosters long-term durability that can withstand biting and chewing. Porcelain is also naturally resistant to chips, and also to stains. This type of veneer can last up to 15 years with good care.