In dentistry, veneers consist of a very thin layer of resin that is applied to the front of the tooth or teeth. They are used to correct minor imperfections in your smile or to permanently whiten teeth when other traditional whitening procedures won’t work. Veneers are a great solution for minor chips, permanently stained teeth, and where small corrections are necessary for a great smile. The veneer is affixed to the tooth so that the imperfection is eliminated.
One type of material that we use for veneers is porcelain. Porcelain veneers are strong and sustainable, matching your smile naturally with their translucent properties. This style of veneers is made in a lab and then adjusted as needed once we apply them to your teeth. They can be manipulated with ease by our Yarmouth dentist to blend seamlessly into your smile.
Composite veneers are made with a composite resin which is applied to the tooth rather than sent away to a lab. This style is more cost effective for many patients, but more vulnerable than porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are matched to your existing enamel so that your smile looks natural and amazing.
How do composite and porcelain veneers compare?
Procedure – porcelain veneers are done in two or more visits depending on the shade and fit. Composite veneers can be fabricated in a single visit.
Longevity – Porcelain veneers last 10 to 15 years or more while composite veneers last around 5-10 years.
Coloring – Composite veneers are more prone to stains than porcelain veneers
Strength – Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite’s which can chip easier
Aesthetics – Porcelain veneers look more natural than composite veneers, though both blend nicely with your smile.
Cost – Porcelain veneers are slightly more expensive than composite veneers.
Caring for your veneers
In order to ensure that your veneers last as long as possible, our Yarmouth dentist recommends avoiding foods that you eat with the front of your bite. For example, corn on the cob, apples, and raw vegetables are often consumed by biting into them with your front teeth. To prevent damage to your veneers, cut up these foods and use your molars to chew. It is also necessary to remind our patients that a regular oral health regimen still needs to be practiced at home. Brush and floss to prevent cavities, and visit Cumberland Dental Arts for a dental exam every six months. These appointments protect your oral health and also help us examine your veneers to ensure they are performing correctly and are not in need of adjustments or additional care.
Veneers have the ability to create drastic results with your smile. Call our office today to set up an appointment with our Yarmouth dentist or to have your questions answered regarding veneers. We look forward to assisting you.
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