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The Benefits Of Composite and Porcelain Dental Veneers

by | Jul 16, 2020 | Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Veneers, General Dentistry

Nothing improves a patient’s smile better than veneers. Because dental veneers are thin, they are perfect to cover the front teeth. They do so by mimicking the perfect shape and shade of the teeth. In effect, the patient is able to flash a “Hollywood” smile. Once dental veneers bond to the teeth, they fix deep discoloration, gap, broken, or misshapen teeth. 

There’s no mystery why this type of treatment is making waves in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Read on to know more about its types and how a patient gets to have veneers. 

Types of dental veneers

Composite resin veneers

Composite veneers are also known as same-day dental shells. They are more cost-effective and a great alternative to porcelain veneers. Patients who accidentally break a tooth can choose to receive this treatment in only one visit. On one hand, the composite material is rather porous, making the veneer susceptible to stains. Composite veneers usually last up to eight years with proper dental care.

Procedure in placing composite veneers

The procedure is similar to dental bonding. First, the dentist applies a mild chemical solution to roughen every tooth that needs composite dental veneers treatment. This allows the composite material to stick to the teeth more effectively. 

Meanwhile, the resin material is coloured to match the shade of the patient’s natural teeth. Then, the dentist applies the material layer after layer and hardens it with a curing light. Once the last composite material is set, the dentist trims and polishes it to replicate the natural tooth. Lastly, he checks the patient’s bite to ensure that the composite veneer is even. 

Porcelain dental veneers

In terms of aesthetics, this type of dental veneer is an exact replica of a patient’s tooth. The porcelain veneers have a glassy effect when under lighting conditions. The porcelain material enables the veneered teeth to react similarly to the natural teeth under various lighting. Furthermore, this material is durable and non-porous, which makes the porcelain veneer resistant to stains. If that’s not enough, the patient’s gum tissues also respond well to the porcelain material. 

The longevity of the cosmetic teeth veneers made of porcelain is 10 years on average. With utmost dental care, the lifespan increases. Needless to say, dentists strongly recommend porcelain teeth veneers to their patients for durability and aesthetics. 

Procedure in placing porcelain dental veneers 

On the first dental visit, the dentist examines and takes an impression of the patient’s teeth. In most cases, not all teeth need veneers, so he identifies which ones need the treatment. Initially, the patient receives a local anaesthetic before the dentist starts etching about a quarter of the tooth enamel. This measurement is equal to the thickness of the veneers that will be placed on the teeth’s surface. After that, he takes the teeth impression and sends it to the dental laboratory for the moulding of the porcelain teeth veneers. Meanwhile, the patient will get a temporary set of veneers to protect his teeth. The waiting period is about two weeks in making the permanent dental veneers. 

During the second visit is the removal of the temporary veneers to make room for the final veneers. Next, the dentist places the permanent veneers to see if they fit perfectly. Also, he adjusts the shade of the veneers to closely match the look of the real teeth. He shows it to the patient, and once the desired result is achieved, he’s ready to bond them. 

The next part is where he etches each tooth to roughen the surface to allow better bonding. He applies a special bonding agent to each of the porcelain veneers and carefully places them on the patient’s teeth surface. A curing light passes through each treated tooth to speed up the bonding process. He evaluates the bite of the patient to check that there’s no irregularity after the cosmetic teeth veneers were bonded. 

Prepless veneers

Aside from porcelain and composite veneers, there’s a new type of laminates that suits patients who need a quick fix. This type is also best for patients who only have minor imperfections on their teeth. As previously mentioned, the two types of veneers require lots of preparation to complete the treatment. However, this one will not need too many processes and is easily done in a single appointment. 

Prepless veneers are now paving the way for a fast and easy smile transformation. Since it doesn’t need preparations and is done in just minutes, it’s becoming in-demand. Just make sure that you don’t have major issues on your teeth such as malocclusion or bad discoloration to become a good candidate for veneers. 

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in providing aesthetic solutions to damaged and ill-shaped teeth. Choose to have good oral health and better smiles with dental veneers in Aurora


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