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The Different Types of Dental Veneers

When choosing to have a veneer fitted you should choose the material you want your veneer to be made out of carefully. The material you chose will determine the overall result of the improvement that the veneer has for the rest of your tooth as well as how long your veneer lasts for. 

Some types of veneers are more suited for certain people. When picking the material you want your veneer to be made out of you should ask your dentist which option is better for your needs. Some people’s gums mean that a certain type of veneer will suit their needs better.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are the most common type of veneer fitted. This is because of the impressive results that they can cause. Porcelain veneers are prepared at the dentist, however they are made at lab. As a result several visits to the dentist are required when getting porcelain veneers fitted.

Porcelain veneers can help those who want to see the most drastic improvements in the appearance of teeth. They are effective in improving tough stains caused by coffee, smoking an other materials that are hard to remove. They can help hide the most sever cases of discolouration, chipped teeth, crooked teeth and uneven teeth. As a result of this it is no surprise that porcelain veneers are so widely used by so many different people with various issues in the appearance of their teeth.

Porcelain Veneers have a very natural finish. It is very difficult to detect that someone is wearing porcelain veneers as their colour and size can be adjusted several times to ensure that they are just right for the patient. Porcelain Veneers can not only be adjusted in the lab when they are being made by the dental technician but are also adjusted when they are being fitted by the dentist. Your dentist can use special dental cement to change the colour of the veneers and can use a special tool to scrape the veneer so that it fits your teeth perfectly.

However, there are some issues that having porcelain veneers can cause. Porcelain veneers are the most expensive type of veneer; they are a costly option. Nonetheless, many people will argue that you cannot put a price tag on the extra confidence that porcelain veneers can offer patients.

Another issue associated with porcelain veneers is that they are very difficult to repair. If the porcelain veneer breaks or becomes chipped then there is not usually much that your dentist can do to help fix the problem. This may mean that you will have to pay for another set of veneers to be fitted if your porcelain veneer chips or breaks.

Types of Porcelain Veneers

Nowadays, there are so many different types of porcelain veneers available on the market. Having an understanding on what is available will help you chose the right type of porcelain veneers for your needs.

The main types of porcelain veneer include:

  • Lumineer Veneers
  • Vivaneer Veneers
  • Glamsmile Veneers
  • Durathin Veneers
  • Da Vinci Veneers

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are a good alternative to other types of veneers. They are made using a composite resin. Composite resin is used regularly as part of many other dental procedures such as fillings.

Composite veneers are not as popular as porcelain veneers. This does not mean that porcelain veneers are better options for everyone as there are certainly some advantages of having composite veneers fitted. Firstly, composite veneers are made by your dentist and there is no need for your dentist to make any impressions or measure anything to send of to a dental technician in a lab. This means that composite veneers can usually be fitted after just one appointment. If you do not have that much time to go to the dentist then this may be important to you. In addition, Composite Veneers are a much more budget-friendly option then porcelain veneers. As veneers are not covered by the NHS this may be an essential part of your decision since getting porcelain veneers may be too costly for certain people. Composite veneers may allow people to benefit from the advantages associated with veneers without having to incur the heavy cost of porcelain veneers.

Nonetheless, as composite veneers are fitted during one appointment, where the veneer is adjusted to fitted to the tooth of the patient the appointment is often a long one. You have to be with the dentist while he or she prepares the veneer. Also, although composite veneers are sufficient in helping many people see improvements in the appearance of their teeth, they are often not as effective as porcelain veneers.

As a result, composite veneers are usually good options for those who do not require drastic improvements in the appearance of their teeth but do want to see some change in the colour, shape or size of their tooth.

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