Teeth veneers can help improve your smile by disguising common issues such as chipped or cracked teeth, stained teeth, misshapen teeth, or a larger than normal gap between your two front teeth. If you are considering this popular cosmetic procedure, you may wonder what the difference is between composite and porcelain teeth veneers. We explain why Buckhead Cosmetic & Family Dentistry prefers the second option below.
The Many Benefits of Porcelain Teeth Veneers
Our dentists prefer to work with porcelain when creating and placing veneers for patients because the material can be indistinguishable from the natural teeth. We always take extra time to ensure that the color and shape matches as closely as possible so nothing about your cosmetic dental treatment stands out except for your beautiful new smile. Porcelain is translucent, which means that it responds to different lighting environments the same way the natural enamel in teeth does. This allows the veneer to have a type of texture and depth that simply is not possible with composite veneers.
When it comes to caring for your newly treated tooth, veneers made with porcelain are much more resistant to staining that those created with composite resin material. Neither the bonding material we use or the veneer itself will attract stains that come from certain foods, drinks, or tobacco. In fact, some people choose this option when they have not received optimal results with teeth whitening.
Yet another advantage in selecting this type of teeth veneers is that those constructed from porcelain are highly durable. The average lifespan for this type of restoration is 10 to 15 years. However, patients with porcelain veneers must be careful not to subject the treated tooth to unnecessary stress as well as keep up with a daily oral hygiene routine. You should also continue with regular preventive dental care exams once you have received your porcelain dental veneer.
Possible Drawbacks of Teeth Veneers Made from Porcelain
Cost is one reason that some patients initially want to choose veneers made from composite resin instead of porcelain. While it is true that the latter option costs more than the former, you need to consider that porcelain veneers are far more durable and look more realistic than their composite counterparts. Most patients eventually decide that the higher price is worth the quality when they make their final decision about teeth veneers. As a general rule of thumb, teeth veneers made from composite resin cost half the amount as porcelain veneers but last only half as long before requiring a replacement.
While it is not possible to repair a porcelain veneer once you break it, the durability of the material makes this unlikely. That means that you will probably spend more over the course of your lifetime maintaining a composite resin veneer even though it costs less to install upfront.
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Deciding to pursue cosmetic dentistry and then selecting the most appropriate procedure to improve your smile is not always easy. Buckhead Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is happy to help in any way we can. Please contact us today to request a consultation to learn more about this and all other cosmetic dentistry procedures.