Getting dental veneers is the first step toward enhancing the appearance of your teeth and achieving the winning smile you’ve always wanted. The second step is to choose the material to use.
The most typically utilized materials in the veneer creation process are composite resin and porcelain. Both materials have the ability to change your smile when used by a skilled cosmetic dentist. But how can you determine which one is the best fit for you? It all boils down to your individual requirements and the elements that are most important to you (cost, treatment time, etc).
Let’s look at the distinctions between porcelain and composite veneers.
Benefits of Composite Veneers
Composite veneers have several advantages over porcelain veneers, the most important of which is affordability. Porcelain veneers are twice as expensive as composite veneers on average, which is relevant for some people because most procedures are not covered by insurance, meaning you will be paying for them out of cash. Veneers vary in price, depending on a variety of factors, but composites typically cost between $250 and $1,500 per tooth. In a grin makeover, this may rapidly add up.
Composite veneers offer an advantage over porcelain in that they can usually be produced while you wait, allowing for same-day treatment. Direct composite veneers (also known as composite bonding) are molded directly on your teeth rather than in a lab. The tooth-colored resin is immediately put on the teeth (thus the name), where the dentist may shape and sculpt it. A high-intensity light is used to cure the molded resin, following which additional layers of resin can be placed and molded as needed to get the desired aesthetic result. After the resin has been produced, it must be polished to give it a more realistic, tooth-like aspect. As a result, the composite treatment is substantially less invasive and noticeably faster than porcelain.
The most significant benefit of composite veneers over porcelain is their reversibility. Porcelain veneers necessitate the contouring of your natural teeth to suit the veneer. When it comes to composites, only minor prep work on your natural teeth is necessary, meaning they are not permanently changed to the point where the composite material cannot be removed and replaced as needed. To book a composite veneer consultation in Canada, call 67th Street Dental today!
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Although composite veneers offer several benefits, they cannot match with porcelain in one area – durability. Porcelain is far more durable than the composite resin (even with the improvements in resin materials over the years). Porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years with proper care, compared to a composite’s typical lifespan of five to seven years. If you’re contemplating getting dental veneers, you should think about this compromise. In other words, while composites are half the price of porcelain, they only last half as long. So, which is the more valuable option?
Porcelain veneers, according to most dentists, provide the most natural, tooth-like appearance. The transparent characteristic of porcelain is akin to that of tooth enamel. Because of the material’s strength and the glaze that is placed following treatment, it is also very resistant to staining and chipping. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are more porous and hence more vulnerable to staining, so you may need to change your diet to avoid certain stain-causing foods. In order to obtain a tooth-like aesthetic, composite must also be polished. Even then, it doesn’t quite measure up.
The porcelain veneer treatment is more complicated and it frequently necessitates the use of temporaries while the veneers are molded in a lab. However, an increasing number of dentists are adopting chairside CAD/CAM technology, which can speed up the process by permitting on-site production. If you’re considering porcelain veneers, it’s crucial to consider the various technologies that your dentist has available. It’s possible that you’ll be able to cut your treatment duration in half. Finally, porcelain veneers are an effective treatment option for damaged enamel, wear and tear, hereditary abnormalities, uneven teeth, and other issues. For serious problems, composites may not be a feasible alternative. Composite veneers, for example, may not be able to satisfactorily cure substantial discoloration or spacing difficulties, leaving porcelain as your only alternative. As part of your consultation, your dentist will do a full oral health examination to assess your choices.
Composite or Porcelain…what’s the Verdict?
At the end of the day, the only way to know if a composite or porcelain veneer solution is best for you is to discuss your cosmetic objectives with your dentist and assess your specific factors. To put it another way, what is the most important thing to you? A composite veneers treatment plan will probably be a suitable choice if you’re seeking the most cost-effective approach. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, will offer you a beautiful outcome if you have a serious cosmetic concern or are searching for the most natural and long-lasting treatment alternative (and money isn’t an issue). Regardless of the material you choose, you can rest guaranteed that both will improve your smile significantly. Reach out to 67th Street Dental if you plan on getting dental veneers and we shall make the process easier for you with the best dental advice and treatment.