Creating A More Beautiful Smile

A Patient Primer On Different Types Of Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a very thin material dentists bond to the front of a tooth to improve the appearance of said tooth. This procedure is ideal because it rarely requires the use of anesthesia. Patients who have gaps between any of their front teeth or patients who have chipped and worn down front teeth are prime candidates for using dental veneers to improve their smiles.

Once you've decided you want dental veneers to improve your smile, there's only one thing left for you to decide – what type of veneers do you want?

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are ideal for someone who wants something fast and inexpensive. Your dentist can sculpt your composite veneers during the appointment. You, however, do get what you pay for with composite veneers. The finish on this type of veneers is a lower quality when compared to alternatives, such as porcelain. Composite veneers are also more prone to staining and discoloration. If you, however, are good at keeping up with your dental hygiene, you should have nothing to worry about.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are considered to be the most expensive type of dental veneers on the market. The theory of you get what you pay for, however, applies to these as well. This kind of dental veneer will be more time consuming, as they tend to require at least two dental sessions (if not more) to get the veneers properly fitted to your teeth.

Removable Veneers

Also known as press-on veneers, removable dental veneers have become a popular choice for a dental patient who wants a quick, easy, and painless way to improve his or her smile. Removable veneers, however, are only ideal if the front of your teeth have small imperfections. If your front teeth are hugely misaligned – or protruding – the removable veneers will not be enough of a solution.

How Do You Decide?

Porcelain (also referred to as ceramic) veneers are typically what dentists recommend, as this is the highest quality of veneer, and it has the most dramatic transformation on your teeth. For someone who doesn't have the budget for porcelain or someone who doesn't have extreme imperfections on his/her front teeth, composite is a happy alternative. Removable veneers, on the other hand, tend to be the last resort for someone who doesn't have the time, energy, or desire to sit through the necessary appointments to have dental veneers installed.

For someone who is unhappy with the way the front of his/her teeth looks, dental veneers provide a happy cosmetic solution. If you don't like how your smile looks, consider talking to your dentist about which type of veneers would best suit your needs. 

For more information, contact Aaron G Birch, DDS PC or a similar dental professional.