What are the different types of Veneers?
- Porcelain Veneers(prep or non-prep)
This is the most popular type of veneer; it is a stronger and a more durable material to use. Porcelain veneers also offer a more natural looking, translucent appearance, nearer to that of a natural tooth. Dental veneers are made of very thin pieces of porcelain, which are attached to the visible surface of your tooth. These porcelain shells are custom-made to very closely resemble the appearance of your natural teeth, so that no one will need to know that you have dental veneers on (unless you make the announcement yourself!).What if you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, but you hesitate to undergo a dental treatment that will involve the removal of most of your teeth structure? Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile, with results that will look very natural? The Non-prep or minimal prep veneeers can provide the answers to your smile improvement needs! The procedure for attaching any type of non-prep veneer is a painless one, since there is no need to remove tooth structure; there is also no need for anaesthetic shots to be administered before the Lumineers procedure. Sensitivity of the affected teeth will not be a problem with Lumineers, since the teeth structure will not be removed or grinded prior to the attachment of the veneer
These veneers are more prone to staining and do not last as long as porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers, but considering that they do not last as long and need replacing more often, they could end up costing more in the long run.Also called direct veneers, composite veneers are custom-made shells that are made of a composite material; these shells are used to improve the appearance of atural teeth that have damage, discolorations, stains, unsightly gaps, or are improperly aligned. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be created chair-side by the dentist, so that the aesthetic improvements on the teeth can be completed in a single dental visit. Composite work is ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.
Benefits of Composite Veneers
Composite veneers are created chair-side by the dentist, so the treatment can be finished in a single dental visit. There is no need to wait for the veneers to be finished by a laboratory, as in the case of a porcelain veneer treatment – which takes two to three visits to be completed. The composite veneers procedure requires very little or no reduction (through drilling) of the teeth structure, making it minimally invasive; the minimally invasive procedure also ensures that the healthy tooth structure is preserved. The composite veneer treatment is more cost effective compared to the use of porcelain veneers; this is because there is no need for invasive drilling procedures, and also because of the fewer visits to the dentist quired.