Do you have discolored or chipped teeth? Are you experiencing cosmetic dental problems, and would like to revamp the appearance of your smile? You may consider consider dental veneers, one of our popular cosmetic treatment options at Penn Dental Family Practice. Whether you’re concerned with the shape, size, or color of your tooth, dental veneers offer a cosmetic solution that can address all of these issues simultaneously.
Once you begin investigating your options, you’ll come up across several types of veneers. In this blog, we explain the most common types of veneers and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Composite veneers are one of the most common treatment options and are cheaper than their porcelain counterpart. Preparation time is minimal in comparison to porcelain veneers, which means that the entire treatment can be completed within a single visit. They are typically used to fix small cosmetic issues like chipped or cracked teeth but can also be used to fill small gaps.
Composites only last about five to seven years, but because they’re so inexpensive, composites cost less to replace than porcelain veneers. The downside is that they aren’t as resistant to discoloration and aren’t quite as natural-looking as other veneers.
While they are the most costly option, porcelain veneers are worth their price because of the level of polish and aesthetic improvement they offer. Due to the amount of preparation required to place porcelain veneers, this treatment takes multiple visits. Each veneer is custom-designed to match your tooth’s color and shape. Known for resisting stains and discoloration, they are incredibly strong and shield the teeth from cracks and chips. They last much longer compared to other veneer types, which is another reason for their higher price tag.
Instant veneers strike the balance between composite and porcelain veneers, with some customization but reduced costliness. Customization comes not through advanced manufacturing techniques to tailor each veneer but by picking through several pre-made sizes that can be placed on the teeth with minimal alteration. The veneers come in different shapes and styles; your dentist will help you to select the right instant veneer to match your teeth.
The disadvantage for this approach is a lack a perfect custom fit, but aesthetically the results can be similar. Instant veneers are more stain-resistant than composite but don’t last as long as porcelain.
Removable veneers are the least-costly dental veneer on our list. Like removable false teeth, removable veneers can be snapped onto your broken teeth for an instant upgrade. They are made of a type of resin that’s tough but very thin. Like with instant veneers, you will be able to choose the look and shade of teeth that you would like to wear.
Removable veneers are a great alternative for those who can’t afford other treatments or aren’t suitable candidates for more extensive restorative dentistry, such as tooth replacement. While removable veneers shouldn’t be considered a long-term solution to problems of cracked or chipped teeth, they can be worn as needed for a simple cosmetic solution.
Penn Dental Family Practice provides family dental care and so much more! Whether it’s pediatrics, prosthodontics, periodontics, or cosmetic dentistry, we take a comprehensive approach to dentistry. With dental specialists across a wide range of specialties, Penn Dental Family Practice dentists collaborate within a streamlined system of care to ensure that you can reach your goals for your oral health.
With cosmetic dentistry, the truth is that you get what you pay for. Penn Dental Family Practice brings together a team of specialists who have the training and experience to give you top-notch cosmetic treatment. Want to learn more? Schedule your veneers consultation with a PDFP dentist today by calling 215-898-7337.