Thinking about veneers? Porcelain or plastic: which is better?
Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment that can dramatically change your smile by changing the appearance of your teeth. Veneers can cover cracks or lines, reshape broken or chipped teeth, close gaps in teeth and give you a completely new smile. There are two types of veneers available: porcelain veneers and composite or resin veneers. Deciding which type of veneer is right for you can be easier when you understand their differences.
- Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells that cover the front of a tooth. They look very similar to your natural teeth and reflect light very closely to the way that natural tooth enamel does. Porcelain veneers can completely cover up stains and spots on the teeth or make teeth whiter.
- Resin or composite veneers are actually a type of dental bonding. The material used results in natural-looking teeth, although it can be more susceptible to staining than porcelain.
Neither porcelain or resin can be whitened or brightened with teeth whitening products. You can choose the color of your veneers, whether porcelain or resin, when you get them.
The time it takes
One advantage to resin veneers is that the process can be completed in just one dental appointment. Porcelain veneers usually require two visits because impressions of the teeth are taken and then sent to a lab for the veneers to be made. Resin veneers are placed directly on the teeth with no lab work necessary.
- Resin veneers generally cost less than porcelain veneers. For many people, resin veneers are an ideal way to get straight teeth fast or fix chips in teeth economically.
- Porcelain veneers are a superior cosmetic treatment and require more precise placement and skill on the part of the dentist. The cost difference involves materials and workmanship as well as visible results.
Making the right choice
Questions about how much dental veneers cost, how they are made and placed or any other questions about veneers and cosmetic dental treatment can be answered during a consultation visit with your Calgary dentist. He or she will be able to offer guidance and work with you to design a plan that can help you maintain your oral health and give you the smile you desire.