Veneers are tooth coloured and ultra-thin tooth coverings that are custom-made to fit over the teeth to enhance its colour, shine and shape.

Veneers are quite often what lies behind the perfect Hollywood Smile. Celebrities worldwide are endorsing the treatment, with the results speaking for themselves. Veneers are most commonly made from porcelain or composite resin material, and are accordingly known as Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers.

But which one is the best option to achieve a natural smile?Regardless of the nature of your dental issues, we will help you choose the perfect Dental Veneer treatment to ensure you achieve a beautiful smile. Let’s compare them:

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Duration

Most people are familiar with porcelain veneers, not only for their impeccable resemblance to the natural teeth, but for their durable nature – they can last for up to 20 years. Contrastingly, composite veneers are prone to wear and will require replacement every few years – they last an average of 2 to 5 years. The good news is that with composite veneers spot repairs can be done without complete replacement. Unlike the composite types, porcelain veneers are unable to be repaired. If they become dislodged, cracked, or chipped, you will have to have it totally replaced.
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Finish

Both composite and porcelain veneers are great options to cover dental imperfections. Porcelain veneers, however, allow for a more natural looking smile makeover. This is because porcelain has very similar light reflecting properties like the natural tooth enamel and the porcelain veneer is designed to mimic the characteristics of natural teeth. Therefore, it is easy to match the shade of veneered teeth with that of other natural teeth.

High quality polished porcelain material is shiny and has a high resistance against colour and stains. The patient can enjoy the aesthetic benefits of porcelain veneers for many years, without the need for excessive precautions or care. In turn, composite veneers absorb stains, which is a huge issue if you are an avid coffee and wine drinker or consume other stain-inducing foods.

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Application

If time is an issue, composite veneers are a quicker option to consider. They require little if any tooth reduction (drilling) and the treatment can be completed in a single visit to your dentist. The porcelain variety has to be made by a qualified laboratory technician after your dentist takes a dental impression of your teeth, and might take a few weeks to be ready. The patient will be required to make at least two visits to the dentist to complete the process.
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Outcome

Composite veneers require the skills of a very experienced and artistic cosmetic dentist to replicate the shape, texture and characteristics of the teeth and cannot be achieved by all dentists. With porcelain veneers the end result is more predictable as it relies on the skills of a laboratory technician and the dentist.
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Common Grounds

Dental veneers, whether made of composite or porcelain material, can be used for treating a wide range of cosmetic dental problems, such as crooked, stained or damaged teeth, and to close gaps between teeth. Even though risks and side effects are possible with nearly all cosmetic procedures, teeth veneers are not associated with any considerable risks or side effects. Patients may experience minimal tooth sensitivity which disappears with time. The dentist may recommend a night guard or splint for use during the night to protect your lower teeth from the effects of the porcelain or composite grinding against the enamel. Even a slight grinding of your teeth at night can damage the natural enamel of the teeth that don’t have veneers. Regular cleaning and dental check-ups are recommended to make sure both your veneers and natural teeth are in good shape.

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