A veneer is a type of dental material that is placed over a tooth, usually in order to improve its aesthetics. Veneers can be made in either the cost-effective composite material (same material as white fillings), or the very strong and highly aesthetic porcelain material (similar to that of ceramic crowns). A brief description of both variations is provided below, however it is best to speak to your dentist on which type of veneer would suit you best!
● Composite veneers are simply composite fillings placed on the outer layer of your front teeth. They are a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers, and are often chosen to quickly and cheaply improve the aesthetics of discoloured or oddly-shaped teeth.
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● A major benefit of composite veneers is how little the tooth needs to be cut down (often not at all), as well as the fact that they can be done in a single visit. Composite veneers can also be removed, replaced or adjusted with ease whenever you like.
● It is important to note that over time, staining may occur on composite veneers, and retouching / repolishing may be required in order to bring back the aesthetics of the initial appointment.
● Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain bonded over teeth in order to whiten the colour of a tooth or change its shape. Multiple veneers can be done at the same time to alter a complete smile.
- In order to get the most cosmetically-pleasing outcome, porcelain veneers can be the ideal solution to create a perfect smile that is second to none.
- Porcelain veneers are highly aesthetic and are utilised to address discoloured and misshaped teeth. Thin pieces of porcelain are bonded over existing teeth to provide a simple, quick and long-lasting transformation to your smile
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- ● Porcelain veneers are highly aesthetic, although in order to allow room for a porcelain veneer, your dentist has to remove a very small amount of tooth structure from the tooth. A technician then creates the porcelain layer which is bonded onto the tooth. Porcelain veneers can be completed over 2 appointments, and last approximately 10 years or more.