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Should You Get Composite or Porcelain Veneers?

October 26, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — AdvancedDental @ 5:45 am
A dentist holding veneers with a tweezer

At this point, maybe you’re considering dental veneers. That’s a smart move – you can trust the shells to revamp your whole smile! Still, there’s more than one type available. Beyond standard porcelain veneers, there are “composite” kinds as well. You’ll need to decide between the two. As for whether to get composite or porcelain veneers, let your Greenfield dentist help. Here’s a summary of each veneer type and which you should choose for your smile.

So, What are Composite Veneers?

Per their name, composite veneers use a resin composite material. They’re thus smooth and polished to create a more genuine, natural look.

Due to their material, composite veneers are non-invasive. Placing them doesn’t require a dentist to remove any of your enamel. That being the case, composite veneer work is quite fast.

These veneers’ other notable trait is their reversibility. If necessary, a dentist can remove them without any ill effects. To that extent, the composite shells are popular for being a low-commitment cosmetic option. You’re free to try them and reconsider later!

What About Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are the more traditional, well-known type. They’re made of dental-grade porcelain – a form of ceramic that blends well with tooth enamel.

Unlike composite veneer treatment, the porcelain option is a tad invasive. It forces a dentist to shave away bits of your enamel. (That way, the porcelain shells will fit on your teeth.) As a result, the full procedure takes multiple visits to finish.

Also, note that these veneers’ placement process is irreversible. Shaved enamel won’t grow back over time. Given this fact, treated teeth will always need veneers (or crowns) in the future.

Which Type is Right for You?

Between composite and porcelain veneers, the best option is the one that suits your needs. After all, each kind has its respective strengths and weaknesses.

For instance, composite veneers are good for patients who want fast and low-cost results. Placing them can be a same-day treatment, and they cost less than their porcelain counterparts. In exchange, though, composite veneers are more porous and thus susceptible to staining.

Meanwhile, those who prioritize aesthetics may want porcelain veneers. These models are durable, stain-resistant, and blend well with adjacent teeth. They can transform your smile for ten years or more with proper care. Of course, these great features come with a (relatively) higher expense.

When choosing composite or porcelain veneers, you should weigh your options carefully. Consult your local dentist to ensure you get the best possible care!

About the Practice

The Advanced Dental Treatment Center is based in Greenfield, WI. Led by Drs. Carini and Farr, our practice provides each patient with excellent dentistry. We thus offer preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services, as well as emergency dental care. Naturally, then, our range of treatments also includes high-quality veneers for your smile! For more details or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (414)-209-7465.

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