Veneers are thin, tooth-colored facings that are bonded to the front of a patient’s teeth. They can be used to correct gaps between teeth, staining that cannot be removed with other methods, chipped or broken teeth, and other aesthetic issues with the teeth.
Veneers come in two types of materials: porcelain and resin composites. While resin composite veneers are a bit thinner than porcelain (and can be less expensive), porcelain itself is an ideal material for veneer application.
Porcelain veneers are more durable than composites, and resist cracking. It may seem counter-intuitive since they’re only around 0.5 mm thick, but once they are bonded to the tooth, they can last up to 15 years or more. Maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding using your teeth to chew on non-food items (including ice) can help them last as long as possible. Composites do not last as long and are more subject to cracking.
These veneers are also light-reflective and semi-translucent in ways similar to a normal tooth, making porcelain veneers appear very natural. Resin composite veneers do not reflect the light in the same way, which can make it more obvious that they are not an actual tooth surface. It is more difficult to distinguish between porcelain and an adjacent tooth’s enamel.
Porcelain is stain-resistant, due to its impervious nature. It is also smooth, which makes it even more difficult for stains to stick to the surface. A patient with this type of veneer can drink dark wine and eat dark chocolate without worrying that their veneers will change color. Composites, on the other hand, can stain over time.
While porcelain is an excellent material for veneers, it may not be appropriate for all patients. Contact Active Dental, serving Grand Prairie and the neighboring areas, to learn more about your treatment options. Call 972-556-0600 to schedule your visit today.