Cosmetic dentistry procedures can literally improve the smile. However, this really depends on what one wishes to improve, time, and budget as well.
We all want the shiny and white Hollywood pearls in our mouth, but if we are not in a position to afford it, we must stick to the ones that will not break our bank.
The two most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments nowadays are, porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Speaking of which, how should one know which ones are the best? Porcelain or composite veneer? What should one choose?
What Is A Porcelain Veneer?
A porcelain veneer is in fact a custom made porcelain laminate specially made to bond to the front surface of a tooth. They have been compared to false nails as they are very thin cosmetic coverings.
When Do I Need A Porcelain Veneer?
Porcelain veneers are perfect for improving many dental problems:
- Discoloured teeth – Discoulured teeth can be made brighter with porcelain veneers.
- Chipped teeth – They can surely be fixed with porcelain veneers.
- Misshapen teeth – Misshapen and ugly teeth can be improved with porcelain veneers.
- Crowded teeth – If one has teeth that are too close together or out of line, porcelain veneers are an alternative to braces and orthodontics.
- Gappy teeth – Teeth with gaps in between can be fixed with porcelain veneers.
Advantages Of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers look very natural and require minimal tooth preparation; thus you conserve as much tooth as possible.
Disadvantages Of Porcelain Veneers
Tooth preparation is required, so if teeth are malpositioned, the needed preparation will be longer, since porcelain veneers are not reversible.
Cost Of Porcelain Veneers
What Is A Composite Veneer?
Composite veneers are made out of a composite resin filling material, which is placed over the entire front surface of the teeth to improve its aesthetic appearance.
When Do I Need A Composite Veneer?
Just like with porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be used for improving many dental problems:
- Misshapen teeth – The shape of your teeth can also be improved with composite veneer.
- Chipped teeth – Without any doubt, chipped teeth can be fixed with composite veneers.
- Crowded teeth – If one has misaligned teeth or too close together, composite veneers can improve their look.
- Gappy teeth – Gappy teeth can also be corrected with composite veneers.
Advantages Of Composite Veneers
Composite veneers require either minimal or no tooth preparation at all, so you can conserve as much tooth as possible. They are also a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers and you will go to only one appointment to decide to go ahead with composite veneers.
Disadvantages Of Composite Veneers
Because of the composite resin material, this type of veneers can stain especially if your daily diet consists of red wine, curry, red wine and other similar foods and beverages.
Composite veneers are prone to faster wear and tear as they last shorter when compared to porcelain ones.
Cost Of Composite Veneers
Just like for the porcelain veneers, the cost of composite ones also varies, so it is important to discuss this with your cosmetic dentist.