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Composite veneers
Composite veneers

Composite veneers

Veneers are thin shells that fit over the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers are one of the several ways one can improve their teeth’s appearance. There are other options like tooth bonding, enameloplasty and even dental crown; however, veneers are quite popular.

There are two types of veneers, and they are porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are made from porcelain material, while composite veneers are often made from tooth-coloured resin – the same material used in tooth bonding. It is essential to consider the pros and cons of both types of veneers as well as your budget before you make your choice.

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Who can get veneers?

Dental veneers are used to cover tooth imperfections, including teeth that are chipped, misshapen, crooked or discoloured. Dental veneers may seem similar to crowns because they both cover part of the teeth. However, the difference is that crowns are much thicker than veneers, and they cover the entire tooth, including the back and front parts.

Veneers are good options for people whose teeth are in relatively good shape, and they just want to change the appearance of the teeth, including the shape or colour. For teeth that are severely damaged, crowns may be a better option.

Types of veneers

You may be offered a choice between three types of veneers that include the following;

  • Direct composite veneers
  • Indirect composite veneers and
  • Porcelain veneers

Direct composite veneers

Direct composite veneers are made of a composite resin material that is applied directly to the teeth. Preparing your teeth for this veneer application does not take long, and the dentist does it. Also, the procedure is considered minimally invasive.

Indirect composite veneers

The main difference between the direct composite veneer and the indirect composite veneer is the application process, not the actual material used. In the indirect veneer method, the teeth are prepared the same way as in the direct composite veneer method; however, the indirect composite veneers are custom made indirectly outside of the mouth and in the dentist’s office or a dental laboratory. Until the indirect veneers are ready, you will receive a set of temporary veneers. The veneers are then applied to your teeth with a layer of adhesive on your next appointment.

Indirect composite veneers can withstand more abrasions and can resist more fractures than the direct version. For this reason, probably, they cost more than the direct composite veneers.