By Dr. Laura Kearney
What are the benefits of Veneers?
For severely discolored or misshapen teeth, several different veneer technologies can help to create a great natural looking smile. The types of veneers that can be used for your teeth depend on how straight and discolored the teeth are prior to application. There are several types of composite resin and ceramic porcelain veneer techniques and materials, however they can be broadly classified into composite and ceramic materials.
Composite veneers can be easily applied to chipped or discolored teeth by shaping additive layers right in the mouth. They often last between 4 and 7 years and are somewhat prone to chipping and staining. Although composites are not as durable, they offer the benefit of being easily repaired and they cost less than ceramic.
Ceramic veneers can last anywhere from 7 years on up depending on the patient. Treatment requires multiple dentist visits because the veneers are shaped and color-matched for the patient prior to placement. An advantage of this technology is that ceramic is less prone to staining and chipping and the absolutely best esthetic result can be achieved.
Should I choose ceramic or composite veneers?
Both materials and techniques can be used to vastly improve the appearance of your teeth while keeping a natural look. A dentist will be able to make the best recommendation based on your individual dental health and tooth characteristics. Learn about porcelain veneers.