Millions of people dream of making over their smile. Issues such as gaps and chips, discoloration or odd sizing can make it difficult to want to smile. Hiding the smile is detrimental on so many levels. First, we need to smile. We were made to smile! This act releases endorphins that lift our mood! Second, smiling invites others into our bubble of confidence and warmth. We don’t want you to hide your smile. We want to help you bring out its best attributes. One way we do this is with veneers.
Veneers are a common method of cosmetically enhancing the smile. Essentially, this treatment covers flaws with a new sheath that looks like natural enamel. If you have done any homework on veneer treatment, you may already know that you have options. There are direct veneers, also known as dental bonding, and there are indirect veneers. Indirect veneers are made in a dental lab. This option of treatment may involve porcelain or composite resin, and this is what we want to discuss today.
Composite resin is a durable material that is made by mixing glass with plastic. A custom “jacket” can then be carved from this hardened material to look just like a tooth. The plastic aspect of a composite veneer provides a durable surface. The glass aspect gives the new tooth a nice sheen.
Important points about composite veneers:
- Composite resin is similar to natural enamel in that there are tiny pores in this material. Pores mean a possibility for discoloration over time.
- The durability of composite resin is high, but may not be quite as resilient as porcelain.
- The cost of a composite is lower than porcelain. This may make upkeep easier.
Porcelain veneers are made using the same process as indirect composite veneers. After surface enamel is reduced slightly, a model of the tooth or teeth is made using impressions. Veneers are bonded into place during the follow-up visit. The primary difference between porcelain and composite is not the process, but the outcome. The nuances of porcelain more closely resemble enamel, so shine and translucency are better obtained.
Important points about porcelain veneers:
- Porcelain is durable and stain resistant.
- With good brushing and flossing habits, and the avoidance of chewing on hard objects, it is possible for porcelain veneers to last as long as 15 years.
- The quality of dental porcelain is outstanding and comes at a higher cost than composite.
Get the detailed information you need about cosmetic veneers from your Shakopee dentist. Call (952) 445-6657.