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Composite VS Porcelain Veneers: Which is Right for Me?

April 19, 2021

If you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, you can transform them and your self-esteem with cosmetic dentistry. You can achieve the picture-perfect smile you desire with an individualized treatment plan. While you have many options, veneers are a popular solution because they can correct several issues using just one procedure. Although you might believe they are all the same, there are many types of veneers in Litchfield. Composite and porcelain veneers are the most common materials, but which is right for you? Here’s what you need to know to make the best decision to reach your goals.

What is a Veneer?

A veneer is bonded over the front surface of a tooth to improve its color, size, shape, and proportion. It instantly hides a variety of imperfections, such as:

  • Dark tooth discoloration and stains.
  • Chipped, cracked, or abnormally shaped teeth.
  • Shorter than average teeth.
  • Close gaps between teeth.

What Types of Veneers are Available?

Your cosmetic dentist in Litchfield will perform a thorough consultation to evaluate your concerns and learn more about the results you want to achieve. They’ll create a customized treatment plan, and explain which type of veneer can best meet your needs, which can include:

Composite

Veneers made of composite material offer the same advantages as porcelain; however, they are less expensive. Price can be an important factor since dental insurances don’t often cover cosmetic dentistry. In addition, they can be applied to your teeth the same day, so you don’t need to wait to enjoy a beautiful smile.

Composite veneers differ from porcelain because they aren’t fabricated in a dental lab. Instead, a resin material is applied directly to your teeth and sculpted into the ideal shape, so you won’t need to worry about permanently altering your tooth. Although they have their advantages, they may not last as long as porcelain veneers.

Porcelain

Porcelain veneers are thinner than ever, so less of your tooth is removed for the bonding process. While they are thin, they are durable and can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene. Since porcelain closely mimics your enamel, they often look more natural than composite. Porcelain is also stain-resistant, unlike the resin material.

It’s true porcelain costs more than composite, but it can be more affordable long-term because it won’t need to be replaced as often. Not to mention, they offer unmatched aesthetics to ensure you make the most of your investment.

Enjoy a Beautiful Smile Today

If you’re ready to give your confidence a boost, your cosmetic dentist will help you make the right choice to enjoy the beautiful smile you deserve.

About Dr. Seraphim Moreira

Dr. Moreira has over 35 years of experience in the dental field. He strives to provide advanced solutions to create attractive, healthy smiles using the latest treatments and techniques in dentistry. He offers a variety of cosmetic procedures, including veneers. If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.