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What Are the Different Types of Dental Veneers?

February 7, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarchese @ 10:21 pm
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If you have crooked, cracked, chipped, discolored, misshapen teeth, or minor alignment issues, dental veneers could be the solution for you. These thin shells are placed over the front surface of the teeth to conceal imperfections and enhance your smile’s appearance. While porcelain veneers might be the most well-known option, are there alternatives? Keep reading to discover the different materials used to create dental veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

There are two primary types of veneers. Porcelain veneers are the preferred choice for many because they closely mimic real tooth enamel. They share the same light-reflecting properties as natural enamel and are also resilient and stain-resistant.

With minimal maintenance like brushing, flossing, avoiding stain-causing foods and drinks, and regular dental checkups, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years. This ensures you can enjoy a beautiful, natural-looking smile for years to come.

Composite Resin

Another option for veneer material is composite resin, also known as direct or cosmetic bonding. This material consists of dental plastic mixed with ceramic. The procedure typically requires just one visit and is often more budget-friendly compared to porcelain veneers.

However, the longevity of composite resin veneers is typically about half that of porcelain veneers. Additionally, while your dentist will match the shade of the composite resin to your enamel, the shine may appear slightly less natural compared to porcelain veneers. Composite resin is also not as durable as porcelain.

How Does Veneer Treatment Work?

Porcelain veneer placement typically involves first removing a small amount of tooth enamel. Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab for veneer fabrication. In the interim, temporary veneers will be placed to safeguard your teeth. Upon receiving the permanent veneers from the lab, your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to affix them to your teeth.

With composite resin, the pliable material can be shaped to alter the appearance of your teeth. After application, your dentist will utilize a specialized curing light to solidify it. The treatment is finalized as your dentist polishes the composite material, achieving a shine akin to real tooth enamel.

Both composite resin and porcelain offer excellent options for enhancing your smile’s appearance. Consult with your dentist to determine which treatment is best suited to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you desire!

About the Practice

Arbor Dental Care in Lisle prioritizes personalized care and patient wellness. Led by Dr. Jeanelle “Nellie” Marchese and Dr. Frank Marchese, who are deeply passionate about dentistry, they are committed to helping you achieve your oral health goals. Offering a range of treatments to maintain a healthy and radiant smile, they can also educate you about smile-enhancing options like dental veneers. To schedule an appointment or learn more, visit Arbor Dental Care’s website or contact them at (630) 969-2310.

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