What Are Porcelain Veneers?
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite resin that is bonded to the front of the tooth. Veneers are a relatively quick and simple solution to correcting many aesthetic problems including chipped, worn, crooked, misshapen, discolored and spaced teeth. Typically, there is little or no removal of the existing tooth before placing the veneer over the tooth.
Our Houston dentists align these veneers perfectly with other veneers as well as the existing teeth to make them appear as real as possible. The purpose of these dental veneers is to provide patients, even those with healthy teeth, a beautiful smile. Some patients choose veneers to make slight position alterations or sometimes to change a tooth shape, size, and/or color. At Signature Smiles we will spend time clearly identifying what cosmetic improvements you want to accomplish with your smile.
Two Types of Porcelain Veneers
There are two types of materials used for veneers: composite resin and porcelain. Both kinds of veneers are placed and bonded using a cement type of substance. This ensures that the veneer remains on the tooth and does not shift or fall off.
Composite resin and porcelain veneers are both very durable and strong. They both look and feel like real teeth, but there are some fundamental differences in the two.
Composite Resin – Veneers made from composite material can be removed easily and are more affordable than porcelain veneers. The downside is that this material can easily stain and their life span is approximately four years. They are more susceptible to chipping as well.
Porcelain – This material is the closest to looking like real teeth. Once they have been glazed, the porcelain is very resistant to chips and stains. These types of veneers are more expensive, but they do last much longer at approximately 15 years. The teeth that receive porcelain veneers must have a layer removed before the veneers are placed.
The material used depends on the choice of the patient.
Do You Need Porcelain Veneers?
If your teeth are discolored or have been chipped, then you may want to consider receiving either composite resin or porcelain veneers. At Signature Smiles, our dentists will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth to see exaclty what type of veneers you and how many you should receive.