Are you looking for a quick fix to your most embarrassing dental problems? You can rest assured that when you visit your cosmetic dentist in Lansing, you’ll achieve the smile you want—and we’ll make sure it lasts for years by giving you the best of the best: porcelain veneers!
Your dentist is here to explain how porcelain veneers compare to older composite dental work and why you should consider this to be your next cosmetic treatment.
Discovering the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Composite
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain attached to the very front of your smile to mask your flaws. Composite veneers are crafted resin bonded to the outer surface. Both are made to match your teeth and improve the affected teeth.
Which is more time efficient?
When it comes down to time, composite veneers are the best option. This is because they can be done chairside in the same visit. Your dentist will match the dental material to the shade of your surrounding teeth to help your cosmetic treat work blend with your smile. The resin is added to your teeth, cured and then polished. You’ll feel brand new, strutting out of the practice with your improved smile.
Porcelain veneers typically take at least two visits because your dentist needs to remove a very thin layer of your teeth to permanently place your veneers. Temporary veneers will be placed while your impressions are sent to a lab, but when you visit for the second time, you’ll receive your perfect, new smile!
Which is more durable?
With proper care from you and your dentist, porcelain veneers can last 20 or 30 years! Composite veneers, on the other hand, typically last 4-8 years. While porcelain is known to be fragile, once bonded to a healthy tooth it is extremely durable and can last through extreme wear and tear. Composite is durable but not as strong as porcelain and is more prone to chipping. However, if damage were to happen to a porcelain veneer, it would have to be replaced, it cannot be repaired. If you chip a composite veneer, you can repair it.
Which is better aesthetically?
The translucent properties of porcelain allow the veneer to catch light extremely similar to how your natural teeth do. An incredible benefit of porcelain veneers is they are stain resistant. If you receive this type of veneer on most of your upper and lower teeth, this could mean no more having to whiten your natural teeth. While composite resin still looks great, porcelain is aesthetically the reigning champion!
Another thing to note is porcelain veneers are not reversible, composite veneers. Based on the facts here and a quick consultation with your dentist in Lansing, you can determine which cosmetic service is better for you.
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Here at Hagerty dentistry, it’s all about you. You can experience exceptional dentistry with extraordinary personal service. We build relationships so that we know how to serve you best, working to meet your goals within your budget. Contact us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.