Composite VS Porcelain Veneers
Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Veneers are mostly placed for cosmetic reasons to improve colour, shape and position of teeth. Veneers are generally used to solve issues relating to stained, chipped or crooked teeth and in some cases to align slightly misaligned teeth when patients do not want to have orthodontic treatment. Veneers are both strong and can fix the minor dental issues and provide you with the smile that you always wanted.
Materials That We Can Use
Cosmetic Dentistry can be done with a number of materials and the two kinds of white most common that we use are, what we call Composite Resin or Porcelain. Both of the materials are quite different.
Composite Resin (Bonding)
Composite veneers are often applied in one visit. The composite resin or also called Composite Bonding is basically a resin material that is fairly soft. We apply this resin directly in the patient's tooth and then trough layerings techniques the tooth is slowly built up with composite resin.
Composite resin is a material that's actually quite soft, so over time there are two issues that will get with composite resin, one is it will wear faster and secondly, we'll find that you may get some pitting or change in the colour of the tooth because it is slightly porous.
Porcelain veneers are actually created outside the mouth in a laboratory by a ceramist. The ceramist really has a lot more time because he is not working directly on the patient's mouth, which would be difficult to have kept the patient with an open mouth for three to six hours.
For the Porcelain veneers, the patient has to come to the clinic to take moulds and from those moulds, we will make a model, from that model we can fabricate the porcelain.
There's more control when we are doing outside the mouth because we got more time and also the material is much different, we're talking about a material that is very inert and strong and once we've actually completed the porcelain we're able to bond it in the patient's mouth.
Your veneers will be perfectly suited to your smile, skin complexion and facial structure. Our cosmetic dentists use various application techniques, including minimally invasive techniques and no preparation veneers (“contact-lens” veneer) which helps to ensure maximum results and minimum damage of tooth structure.
Directly or Indirectly and Quality
We can do work in either composite as directly in the patient's mouth or we can do it in porcelain which is actually done outside in a lab by a ceramist.
The main difference that we see with both of them, is that with Porcelain Veneers we've got more control and can do more important changes and also it definitely lasts longer.
Please keep in mind that when is done externally by a ceramist the costs are usually higher than if we did it in a composite resin but the results are much longer with porcelain veneers.
If this is a treatment that you think is suitable for you, please book now a free Dental Consultation and we will give you more information and present you all the options available for you.
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