Composite Veneers versus Porcelain Veneers
To open this discussion, there is no right or wrong. Both materials have their advantages as well as their disadvantages. When making your decision with your dentist you will weigh in on both and determine which is of greater value to yourself.
The Advantages of Composite Veneers
The biggest advantage over porcelain veneers is that immediately of cost. When you understand the difference in the application process it will make sense. A composite veneer is literally done right in the dentist’s office. With minimum prep work a resin is applied directly to the tooth. That resin can then be shaped or even sculpted by the dentist. The dentist can work that resin, harden it with high intensity light, and then add another layer. Often a one visit procedure the obvious advantage over porcelain veneers is the cost. Composite veneers are considerably cheaper than porcelain veneers. They are also reversible. Since no prep work was done on your tooth’s enamel the resin can be removed at any time. The disadvantage is they are not nearly as strong as porcelain veneers and do not have the life expectancy. The final product, a hardened resin, is also more susceptible to staining versus a porcelain approach.
The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
The argument to get past, the cost difference, is that of durability and a life expectancy of double that of its composite counterpart. It is a commitment on your behalf because the process is not reversible. The dentist first will create an impression of your teeth. This will be the model for the dental lab to work with. Next the dentist will remove some of your enamel making room for the porcelain veneer. While you wait for your new porcelain veneer to be made at the lab you may require a temporary veneer to cover that tooth without its enamel. Once the veneer arrives an adhesive is used to affix the porcelain veneer to your tooth permanently. Your new veneer has a final shade of white that both you and your dentist chose, it will last 10 to 15 years, twice that of a composite, and it much harder and will not stain as easily. The primary disadvantage takes us back to cost.
Which will You Chose?
Your consultation with your dentist should be detailed to determine which route is best for you. Start with the current condition of your tooth or teeth. If your teeth are badly cracked and chipped composite may not be a viable option. Discuss the negative affect it has had on your smile and possibly how that has even hindered your self-confidence. You need to talk about your aesthetic goals and weigh them against any personal considerations. Are you simply looking for the most cost effective solution or if it is durability, superior aesthetics and the most natural results for your smile should you spend more. We love options and choices. Make a wise decision and own it. Either way both options will offer you a fantastic smile enhancement.
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