Dental veneers are an increasingly popular way to achieve that Hollywood smile, but choosing the right veneer for you can be confusing, leading many people to just stick with their at home bleaching gels. While these gels can be effective, veneers will give you a longer lasting, more effective solution for teeth whitening.
There are two types of dental veneer: composite and porcelain.
Many people who opt for composite veneers are attracted by the simplicity of the procedure and the lower costs that come with it. In nearly all cases, composite veneers can be applied with just one visit to your dentist – meaning that within a couple of hours you can be showing your smile off to the world.
However, composite veneers may not be suitable for all cases. If you are looking to hide gaps between the teeth then this is not the option for you. It can also be tricky to hide particularly bad stains with composite veneers as there is only a thin layer of veneer on top of the teeth.
Additionally, composite veneers, as with your natural teeth, can stain. You may want to use a whitening toothpaste to keep them clean, and you should continue your dental healthcare routine as normal. Composite veneers tend to last around 5-6 years.
Porcelain veneers are often preferred by many including celebrities to composite veneers. Their main strength is that they last longer than composite veneers – usually between 10 and 15 years. Porcelain veneers will not stain so your smile will stay whiter for longer.
Many dentists are adamant that porcelain veneers offer a better aesthetic than that provided by composite veneers.
The procedure for fitting porcelain veneers takes longer than for composite veneers as you will need to have moulds taken and then the veneers need to be constructed by a technician. It is partly for this reason that porcelain veneers are more costly than composite veneers.
Finally, it should be noted that porcelain veneers come with the risk of damaging your natural teeth which would require more work to be done.
Which is best?
From the reasons above, you can see why many people have issues choosing between the two options.
In general, if you have a smaller budget but want a good solution for fairly long-lasting white teeth, then composite veneers could be the right choice for you. If you’re looking for a longer term, whiter smile then porcelain veneers are a great investment.
For more information about the correct teeth whitening treatment for you, you should speak with your dentist.