What type of Dental Veneer suits you best?


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What type of Dental Veneer suits you best?

Are you thinking about getting veneers? You’re not alone, veneers are growing in popularity. There are two types of dental veneers that you can have, both types have their advantages and disadvantages, but they also suit the criteria of different people. Before diving in, let’s just cover what veneers are, veneers are a cap that covers the front part of the tooth changing the appearance, shade and shape of the tooth. The material used for a veneer can differ but the treatment itself is very similar.

Here are the two types of veneers and some more information to help you decide which may suit you best.

The first type of veneer is resin veneers, also referred to as composite veneers. These are made with the same resin material used for white fillings. Resin veneers are great for those who want veneers but do not want to excessively damage their teeth, as resin veneers do require less preparation for the teeth. You may sometimes hear resin veneers referred to as ‘temporary veneers’ and this is because their longevity is much less than porcelain veneers, lasting around 5 years, whilst this may vary case to case.

What are the pros when it comes to resin veneers?
  1. They require less preparation than porcelain veneers
  2. They are typically more affordable
  3. Resin veneers are perfect for people who want small adjustments
What are the cons when it comes to resin veneers?
  1. They do require frequent maintenance as they are prone to staining
  2. They do need replacing after around 5 years
  3. They do still require some preparation of the teeth
  4. They are more likely to chip than porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are probably the most known of the two options. Porcelain veneers are typically chosen when someone has compromised teeth or they want a more permanent solution. Whilst porcelain veneers cost practically double the price of resin veneers, they have fantastic longevity and give the best finish. An important thing to remember is that you can have any number of veneers, whether you opt for porcelain or resin, as your dentist will shade match your veneers to your existing teeth, how cool is that?

What are the pros when it comes to porcelain veneers?
  1. They can last for around 15 years
  2. They require little maintenance and due to their non-porous structure they do not stain
  3. Porcelain is the strongest material that can be used, so typically it is less prone to chipping
  4. As previously mentioned, porcelain is the highest quality material available and so the results often look stunningly natural, or super white if that’s your style. Porcelain veneers are usually used to perform ' a Hollywood smile makeover’, but they are versatile enough to create any smile you desire.
What are the cons when it comes to porcelain veneers?
  1. They are more expensive than resin veneers
  2. They do require more extensive preparation of the teeth
  3. They are considered more ‘permanent’ and therefore once fitted they’re more challenging to alter.

There are lots to consider when it comes to choosing which type of veneers you opt for, and it can be fairly overwhelming. Your dentist will be able to assist you with this decision, based on your age, needs and dental condition, so you must choose a dentist you trust.

When considering veneers, price does come into play massively for some people. You must consider that on top of the initial cost of veneers you will need to commit to maintenance, especially if you opt for resin veneers. Many dental practices do offer finance that may make your treatment more accessible.

If you’re looking for a dentist to give you a smile makeover, we recommend doing a simple google search for ‘veneers near me’ you’ll then be able to assess which dentist you think would be a good fit for you. Remember to always look at testimonials and completed case images.

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