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What are the different types of veneers?

June 13, 2022
Dentist comparing veneers to a man’s teeth.

here are multiple types of veneers, but the important question is what are the best types of veneers? It’s a complicated question, because so much goes into each one. They’re all different and to be used in different applications. So what’s the best type of veneer for one person might not be the same for another. 

We’re going to look at the main three types of veneers, what they’re made of, and what their pros and cons are. This will help you to make a more informed decision when it comes time for you to get veneers for yourself. 

And, as always, you can ask our staff of professionals for more information and details about the different styles of veneers, and they can help you choose the best teeth veneers for you and your situation. 

The Three Types of Veneer Material

The most common types of dental veneers are porcelain veneers, ceramic veneers, and composite veneers. Each one is excellent for specific dental conditions and mouths, but to find the right veneers for your face, read on. 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are strong, but delicate. The main benefit of a porcelain veneer is that it will cover minor damage to the teeth. They make small alterations. They can change things like tooth shape, tooth size, and tooth color. 

What makes porcelain veneers great? For starters, they’re the thinnest of all the veneers, meaning that the shape of your veneers won’t be difficult to adjust to. They feel more like your own teeth, much sooner than the other types of veneers do. 

Another great thing about porcelain veneers is that they are the perfect cosmetic dental veneer. They look more like your own teeth than the other veneers do, at least initially. After you’re wearing the veneers–of any type–they will quickly become a part of your natural teeth and a smile makeover. But porcelain are the quickest to get those results.

Porcelain veneers are also almost-permanent veneers. They last a very long time, up to fifteen years before you’ll need more cosmetic dentistry to replace the veneers. All that time, your teeth will feel natural, clean, and healthy.

One of the best things is that in most cases, the underlying tooth doesn’t need to be shaved down or altered in any way. These veneers are thin, so they fit well without doing damage to the teeth.

The cons of porcelain veneers is that they need special polishing paste to clean, and also, if they break, they will need to be replaced–they can’t be repaired.

Ceramic Veneers

Ceramic veneers are actually the most commonly used type of veneers for cosmetic dentists and are an excellent choice. 

Ceramic veneers have a very natural appearance, merging into your teeth quickly and easily. Ceramic veneers on your front teeth or pointed canines will fool anyone into thinking that they are completely your real teeth. 

Ceramic veneers are also very durable, stronger than porcelain, making them more of a permanent veneer. 

The cons of ceramic veneers are that they take a little while longer to create, so there’s a small wait before they can be applied. There’s also some degree of tooth sensitivity that can come for the first few days after getting the veneers.

Composite Veneers and Composite Resin Veneers

The main benefit of the composite veneers is that they are the least expensive option. They are generally applied in just one appointment, making them an easy method of dental care. By comparison, a set of composite veneers costs about half what porcelain veneers cost.

They also require less tooth preparation than the other types of veneers. This includes that the teeth don’t need to be shaved down, for the most part, and the veneers fit with little hassle.

The main con of a composite veneer is that you get what you pay for. While a composite veneer can last a long time and look natural, they can also chip, stain, or break. And they’re also more temporary veneers, lasting only about five years. 

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