Dental veneers are a popular treatment in Sandy Springs, GA cosmetic dentistry. Their variety of uses makes them a valued tool in a dentist’s arsenal. But there are a couple of types of veneers at Proud Smiles Dental — composite and porcelain. What’s the difference? Dr. Brenda Paulen explains.
The Uses of Veneers
Veneers are suitable for a wide range of cosmetic problems you may have. They cover the front and sides of the teeth, making sure that any issues you have are taken care of. If you have discolored teeth that aren’t easily treated with traditional teeth whitening techniques, veneers can be used to cover those teeth. This is especially helpful for teeth that are stained due to medications.
As we get older, our teeth go through more wear and tear. Cosmetic chips and cracks are more likely as time goes on. Veneers allow you to get a smooth, even smile back. They can also take care of more restorative problems, like a severe crack or break in your tooth.
Lastly, veneers are used for misshapen teeth or gaps in your teeth. Many people don’t want to go through the hassle of braces or Invisalign if they have very mild gaps and no orthodontic issues. Veneers can be crafted and shaped to cover large gaps in the teeth or any misshapen teeth that don’t look normal. They’re designed to help you get a neat, even smile.
Composite veneers are considered a temporary dental solution. They’re more affordable and they provide a quicker solution to your dental problems. With composite veneers, your teeth can usually be prepared and composite veneers can be placed on that same visit. However, they aren’t meant to last forever and will only be a suitable solution for a finite amount of time.
We traditionally recommend composite veneers for those that are tight on money at the moment or aren’t prepared for a permanent solution. We want you to be sure of your permanent restoration before you get it done. These can serve as a trial for porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are also ideal for younger patients whose mouths haven’t finished developing yet. Since they’re temporary, they won’t cause problems as the mouth grows.
Porcelain veneers are engineered to be a long-lasting cosmetic dentistry solution. They’re durable and stain-resistant, able to hold up to your everyday life. If you follow a proper oral healthcare routine, porcelain veneers can last for around 20 years. They cost more than composite veneers because the materials used are designed for longevity.
Porcelain veneers also require a few more visits to the dentist. Dr. Paulen will prepare your teeth for the veneers, taking a small amount of enamel off the front of each tooth. Impressions are taken and sent to a ceramics lab where the veneers will be crafted especially to fit your teeth. When they’re done, Dr. Paulen will bond them to your teeth and ensure that they’re comfortable and fit you perfectly.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Sandy Springs, Georgia
Whether they’re composite or porcelain, veneers are designed to meet your cosmetic needs. Call us or schedule an appointment online.