Veneers are very thin shells made from either porcelain or composite material, which are bonded to the surfaces of your teeth. As a cosmetic dental treatment, veneers are a great way of improving the overall aesthetic of your teeth and enhancing your smile.
Custom-made in a dental lab, each veneer is carefully created to the exact specification that the patient desires, including size, shape and colour.
There are two main types of veneers:
- Composite Veneers
- Porcelain Veneers
What is the difference between composite and porcelain veneers?
The difference relating to these two types of veneers is based on the materials used. Composite is the same material used in white fillings; however, porcelain is a more robust material and is more commonly used in dental crowns.
Composite veneers are made from a cheaper material than their porcelain counterparts, and so is the less expensive treatment option.
Unlike composites, porcelain veneers are considered a permanent treatment as the dentist will remove a very thin portion of your tooth’s enamel to adhere the veneer shell to. When it comes to porcelain veneers, there are several different types of manufacturers that can produce them.
Our Ascent Dental Care practices’ offer various types of veneers, including:
- Emax veneers
- DURAthin veneers
- DaVinci Veneers
- Mac Veneers
How many veneers do I need?
This is a case dependant question. The reason being is that several factors need to be taken into account when planning your case, for example, how many teeth are shown when you smile. If you have a broad smile that shows off a lot of your teeth, you will need more veneers to ensure that they cover the entire smile. On the other hand, if you don’t have enough to cover your smile, it can lead to an uneven look and defeat the objective of improving your smile aesthetic.