Veneers have been a popular cosmetic dental enhancement since the 1920s. Luckily for us veneer technology has come a long way in the past 96 years. We have talked about the top ten reasons to get veneers in another blog post, but in this post we wanted to share more about how veneers are made and the advantages and disadvantages of each product.
There are two types of products that are commonly used to manufacture the veneers used for cosmetic dentistry. They are porcelain and resin.
Before we share the pros and cons of these two types of veneers, we do need to state that veneers are a very difficult procedure to reverse because your natural teeth have to be shaved down in order to fit the veneers on top.
Resin veneers are also known as composite resin veneers. This composite treatment is also known as teeth bonding.
For patients who are looking to correct minor cosmetic problems we would usually recommend that they consider this type of treatment because it is more cost effective and quicker way to repair a minor cosmetic problem like chips and gaps.
The downside of these veneers is that they are made directly inside your mouth by your dentist during your appointment. Though some patients may consider the length of the appointment to be a potential challenge, the benefit of this type of treatment is that fitting your veneers is usually accomplished in one visit to Dentistry on King.
Porcelain veneers are a custom-made and razor thin shell that are fit over top of the teeth. These veneers are made by a dental technician before your appointment. Fitting these veneers is usually done in two to three appointments.
The advantage of porcelain veneers is that they are stain resistant and have the best light reflection properties of all dental products. The ability to reflect light is also what gives porcelain veneers a more natural look and feel.
The downside of this product, however, is that the veneers are more difficult to repair and can be more destructive to the natural teeth underneath the shell.
While they are also a more expensive cosmetic dental product, porcelain veneers are the wiser choice when you are trying to mask fractured, crooked or uneven teeth.
The Next Generation of Porcelain Veneers
We spoke about changes in dental technology over the last 96 years. One of the most significant changes in veneer technology is minimal or no-preparation veneers. These veneers are gaining popularity because there isn’t as much natural tooth preparation that is required to fit this product.
There are many options available for patients who want veneers. The first, and best, place to start exploring if veneers are right for you is to book an appointment with us at Dentistry on King. We have lots of experience with cosmetic dentistry in Toronto and we would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about veneers and which type of veneers may be right for you.