Many dental patients might be familiar with porcelain veneers, cap-like shells that a dentist can attach to the front of teeth to build a brighter and more even smile according to their aesthetic goals. But did you know you can achieve a similar effect at a more affordable cost? Dr. Ira Goldberg, a dentist in Succasunna, NJ, wrote an article describing resin veneers, cosmetic dental fixtures that can help you get the smile of your dreams.
Cosmetic Dentistry: Resin Veneers
Have you been thinking about a straighter and whiter smile, but the large financial investment is holding you back? Resin veneers may be the solution to that question.
To start, a veneer is a thin coating of material that is bonded to your own teeth. They can eliminate gaps, straighten crooked teeth, and brighten your smile. They are a great way to “freshen-up” aging teeth and rejuvenate them.
The traditional material is porcelain, while this article will discuss resin. Porcelain is stronger, more durable, and more resistant to discoloration over time. Resin may require more maintenance and will wear down faster. It will discolor more than porcelain will, but not in the short term.
What is resin? Resin is also known as composite. When you have a white filling placed by your dentist, they are using resin. It is a pliable material that hardens when a blue light is applied and activates it.
Why Do Patients Choose Resin Veneers?
The main reason why patients will opt for resin veneers over porcelain veneers is cost. They are approximately one-half of the investment. So you can still walk away with a gorgeous new smile for half of the money. Just note the trade-off is potentially more maintenance with time and a higher chance of darkening years down the road.
Another advantage of resin veneers over porcelain is the number of appointments: porcelain veneers require two appointments, while resin requires only one. There are times additional procedures will be necessary before veneers can be performed, whether porcelain or resin. Cavities, damage to other teeth, and infections are examples.
The transformations we see in people’s lives from the results provided by veneers is one reason why we love providing this service for our patients. Reasons abound why patients undergo the treatment: increase self-confidence, improve social relationships, or increase employment opportunities.
Be careful to select a dentist who has had extensive training for veneers. It is easy to miss critical factors that can affect the long-term success of your investment. Dr. Goldberg has performed this service for many patients over his 27 years as a dentist and is extremely experienced with cosmetic dentistry.
Patients who would not be candidates for veneers include people who currently have crowns or multiple fillings, periodontal (gum) disease, and poor oral hygiene. Whitening might be an alternative.
If you would like a personal, generalized assessment to see if you’d be a candidate for veneers, give us a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg. We’d be more than happy to listen to your goals and discuss additional details with you.