The Different Types of Veneers: Which Option is Right for Me?
Have you been feeling self-conscious about your teeth? Ever wondered if there was a procedure out there that could make it easier to obtain the smile you’ve always wanted? More and more Australians are opting for veneers as a popular cosmetic dental procedure to improve the appearance of their teeth and enhance their smile.
Our team at The Point Dental have explored the different types of veneers for teeth and outlined their pros and cons to help you make a more informed decision about transforming the aesthetic value of your smile. From traditional porcelain veneers to composite resin, we cover everything you need to know to choose the right option.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or resin that are custom-made to fit over the surface of a tooth. They are typically used to improve the appearance of teeth that are stained, discoloured, chipped, broken, misaligned or suffering from other aesthetic issues. Veneers are an ideal solution as they are bonded to the front of the tooth and can be customised in terms of colour, shape, size and length to create a more attractive and natural-looking smile.
Veneers are typically minimally invasive and can be completed in just two or three visits to the dentist. They are also durable and long-lasting, making them an ideal choice for when you want to show off your teeth for many years to come.
Get an Impressive Dental Transformation with Veneers
Veneers are an impressive way of rejuvenating your appearance through a smile makeover. Although there are different types of veneers to choose from, most will achieve similar results. Therefore, they are a suitable option if you struggle with the following:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth that don’t require braces
- Discoloured teeth
- Gaps between teeth
What are the Different Types of Veneers?
There are many different types of veneers available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The dental veneers you choose for your smile transformation will depend on the benefits of each and what type of veneer material you’re best suited to.
These veneers are made from a thin layer of porcelain that is custom-made to fit over the front surface of a tooth. It is most well-known for its natural appearance and ability to mimic the translucency of natural teeth. Because of these properties, porcelain veneers tend to create a more natural-looking smile.
It’s important to remember that porcelain veneers are a permanent solution and that tooth preparation, such as shaving, is required before placement.
Pros of porcelain veneers
- Blends in with the colour of your natural teeth
- Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant
- They provide a consistent and smooth texture
- Porcelain veneers will not harm your gums or surrounding teeth
- They last 8-15 years if maintained properly
Cons of porcelain veneers
- Porcelain veneers are the more expensive option
- The procedure tends to be lengthier
- Porcelain veneers tend to chip if not well-maintained
Composite veneers, also known as resin veneers or composite resin veneers, are a type of veneers made from composite resin material. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are made in a dental laboratory and bonded to teeth, composite veneers can be created and placed directly onto the teeth in a single appointment. So, if you’re looking for instant veneers, these might be the ideal choice.
Remember that these are permanent veneers requiring dental treatment, such as removing tooth enamel, before bonding can occur.
Pros of composite veneers
- Less invasive procedure with less enamel removed
- Less chance of harming gum tissue
- Easily repaired
- Only requires one visit to the dentist for placement
- Lasts up to 5-7 years if maintained properly
- Less expensive than porcelain veneers
Cons of composite veneers
- Weaker than porcelain veneers
- Can stain easily
- Don’t last as long as porcelain veneers
For those wanting a better-looking smile without having to commit to a permanent solution, removable or snap-on veneers could be an ideal option. They are usually made out of composite resin, and although they do not have a very long lifespan, they are incredibly easy to put on when needed.
Removable veneers come with a clip-on system and are ideal for those wanting to test how veneers would suit them before opting for a permanent option. Note that temporary veneers can also be used when you are waiting for your permanent veneers to arrive.
Pros of temporary veneers
- Little to no preparation is required
- Much cheaper than permanent options
- Great for testing how veneers will look
Cons of temporary veneers
- Prone to plaque build-up
- Can cause damage to the gums over time
- Not a natural-looking solution
- Short-term option
How Do I Know Which Dental Veneers are Best for Me?
The best way to choose between the different types of veneers is by starting with a consultation and check-up from your dentist. After identifying your dental problems and understanding your aesthetic dental goals, your dentist can recommend the most suitable veneers for you.
Get the Perfect Smile You’ve Always Wanted
The team at The Point Dental will assist you through your dental veneers journey. Talk to us today about our services and how we can create your perfect smile makeover.