If you have healthy teeth that don’t require dental restoration, you may still feel that your smile could use a boost. Maybe you have slight gaps between your teeth or don’t like the way some of your front teeth are shaped. The solution to cosmetic problems like these is dental veneers. Veneers cover the front of the teeth that show when you smile, and they can make major changes to your smile from the color of your front teeth to their shape.
Dental veneers can be porcelain or composite. There are several differences between the two, which we outline below.
Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain is the most natural-looking material available for any type of dental work. Tooth enamel is translucent and reflects light, and porcelain mimics the light-reflection properties of tooth enamel so closely that it is nearly impossible to tell the difference. Porcelain is also very stain-resistant. Porcelain is strong, and porcelain veneers are permanent. Once you have porcelain veneers they cannot be removed.
Composite Veneers – The materials used for composite veneers are the same as used in dental crowns and cosmetic bonding. This material is strong and reliable, and composite veneers cost less. The material is less resistant to staining than porcelain, but composite veneers can be easily repaired or replaced.
“My teeth were chipped, stained, you name it. They needed a total makeover. Dr. Sattout was able to provide the smile I’d been dreaming of. I can’t thank him enough. They’re beautiful and natural-looking. I really couldn’t imagine them looking any better.”
– DeShawn, Morada, CA
DeShawn came in to see Dr. Sattout to discuss the possibility of getting dental veneers. He’d always wanted his smile to look better and brighter. “I’ve always wanted to improve my smile,” he says. “Veneers were the best way for me to do that.”
Dr. Sattout and his staff took some pictures of DeShawn’s smile to simulate a photo of what veneers would look like on his front teeth. “The photos were stunning. It was clear that veneers were the best option.”
Together, Dr. Sattout and DeShawn chose the perfect shape and color of the teeth to make DeShawn’s smile look as natural as possible. “I wanted the veneers to match my bottom teeth and look even. They turned out perfect. Thank you so much, Dr. Sattout!”
One other difference between porcelain and composite veneers is the time it takes to have them prepared and placed. Porcelain veneers take longer, usually two appointments at minimum because they are made in a laboratory. Composite veneers can be done at chairside and generally only require one appointment.
Veneers can transform your front teeth and completely change your smile. You can choose the color of your veneers to match your other teeth, though it is important to understand that veneers themselves cannot be changed in color with teeth whitening products or professional in-office whitening. Some people choose to undergo teeth whitening first, and then choose a shade for their veneers to match the new color of their teeth.
Veneers only cover the front surface of the teeth, so they are not strong enough to restore a damaged or decayed tooth. Veneers work best for healthy, strong teeth that have cosmetic issues such as discoloration, slight gaps between them or an odd shape. Veneers are also great for covering craze lines, harmless but unsightly hairline cracks that can appear on the teeth.
If you would like to learn more about veneers or have any questions, call Kettleman Dental Care now. We can set up an appointment for an exam or a consultation for you to discuss any of your dental and oral health concerns.